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City development control rules to be issued in Tamil soon

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CONTROLLING DEVELOPMENT: An aerial view of T. Nagar. Many buildings in the city are in violation of building rules. PHOTO: R. RAGU
CONTROLLING DEVELOPMENT: An aerial view of T. Nagar. Many buildings in the city are in violation of building rules. PHOTO: R. RAGU

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An effort to make even the common man understand them, ensure compliance: Minister

CHENNAI: The development control rules enforced by the civic bodies for all types of buildings in Chennai metropolis, till now available only in English, will soon be available in Tamil too.

"This is an effort to make even the common man understand the rules and make people aware of the need to follow the DCR for constructions," the Minister for Urban Development, Parithi Ilamvazhuthi told The Hindu on Tuesday.

"Even when I was a member of the CMDA between 1989 and 1991, I had insisted upon translating the DCR in the local language and even walked out of a meeting when we discussed the rules... saying that there was no point discussing rules which the common man could not understand. Now that I am the minister in charge of CMDA and when Tamil has been given the status of the classical language, I thought it was my duty to implement what I had then demanded."

Mr. Ilamvazhuthi said that in his first meeting with CMDA officials in the current term, he insisted that the DCR be translated into Tamil; in case of any difficulty, it could be done using university professors. "But within 45 days the CMDA officials have completed the task and it will be available soon... " he added.

The CMDA would also complete soon another directive from the Minister for setting in place a computerised system of approvals.

"An applicant seeking plan sanction or approval should come in at the time of application and once again to get the approved plan. We are soon setting in place an e-governance system that will help an applicant track the status of his file/application over the Internet or by using a touch screen kiosk at the CMDA office," he added.

Consumer activists, however, wonder whether this would ensure better compliance by builders. What is needed now is a clear set of rules without any grey areas for interpretation by officers or builders. The activists agree that if the rules are available in the local language, people would understand the fine print better and raise questions with builders about compliance with standards.

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