Thiruvananthapuram

Single-window clearance mechanism soon

Collector says district administration plans speedy disposal of applications for buildings

The district administration plans to introduce a single-window clearance mechanism soon for the speedy disposal of applications for building construction, District Collector K. Gopalakrishnan has said.

Addressing his first district development committee meeting here on Saturday after assuming charge, he said numerous applications for building construction were pending with the local bodies.

Meeting

The district administration planned to convene a meeting of local body representatives and officials in the first week of July to discuss the matter, Mr. Gopalakrishnan said.

He issued stern instructions to officers of the district administration to avoid red tape and ensure speedy service to the public. Not even a single application should be entangled in red tape in the name of mere technicalities, he said.

Humane treatment

While it was important to make sure that laws and rules were followed, it was also important to display humanitarian considerations when disposing of files. If people were to benefit from the government’s development schemes, the governance machinery also should be speeded up, he said.

Citing an example, the Collector said alternate sites should be identified if an application for the LIFE housing project had to be rejected due to the Kerala Conservation of Paddy Land and Wetland Act, 2008.

Complaints filed by the public revealed that there were still people in the district who had not received the benefits announced by the government in the wake of the 2018 floods, he said.

Flood aid

All pending applications on flood-related aid should be disposed of by July 20.

The meeting reviewed the progress of various ongoing development projects in the district. MLAs who attended the meeting called for speedy implementation of the projects.

MLAs C. Divakaran, C.K. Hareendran and D.K. Murali, and representatives of the MPs and MLAs, ADM V.R. Vinod, deputy collectors and officers from various government departments were present.

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