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User-friendly:Mayor G. Thenmozhi commissioning the online building plan approval facility in Madurai on Thursday.
User-friendly:Mayor G. Thenmozhi commissioning the online building plan approval facility in Madurai on Thursday.

Staff Reporter

MADURAI: The Corporation, on Thursday, introduced computerised scrutiny of building plan applications. People can also make on-line applications seeking building plan approvals.

The Mayor, G. Thenmozhi, commissioned the software developed for the purpose. The Corporation had made a commitment of introducing the online system for getting financial assistance under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission.

The Corporation Commissioner, S. Sebastine, said that the facility would expedite processing of applications and also ensure accuracy and consistency of compliance of Corporation building plan rules. It would also bring in more transparency.

The Corporation Chief Engineer, K. Sakthivel, said that in normal course the applications were being processed in seven to 10 days, though some applications took more time. “The software will help us clear the applications within three days, though we want to give it in one day, provided the applicant satisfies all rules and regulations,” he said.

“People need not wait for days to know the status of their application. The software will process the application within five minutes on uploading relevant information. Even the reason for rejecting the application will be made known to the applicant digitally, which will help them rectify the anomalies,” Mr. Sakthivel said.

The software comprises the development regulations and various calculations to perform by integrating the graphical data and application data. The building drawings, which were given in ammonia print with the duly signed by licensed surveyors/owners and architects could be submitted in compact disc format. The software could be integrated with the e-governance system to maintain a database of planning approval, a statement said.

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