In an attempt to cut red tape and ensure faster adoption, the State Government directed the Town and Country Planning Department officials to clear the files by asking developers for comprehensive queries instead of a fragmentary query.
This follows the approval of a Government Order (GO) for effective implementation of the Combined Development and Building Rules of Tamil Nadu 2019. The GO, S Sridharan, Chairman of the CREDAI, Chapter Tamil Nadu told Express that the Real Estate Developers Association had a long-standing request and a number of representations were made to Deputy Minister O Panneerselvam.
“This would be an enormous relief for developers because many were forced by field officers to post queries,” said Sridharan. According to the GO, officials were directed not to raise questions in part. They should instead send a complete letter in search of details.
Officials were also requested not to raise a new set of requests. Likewise, the officials are also required to send the applicant an email while sending letters through a registered post.
The GO also states that it should be possible for the applicant to hold a joint meeting with officials to discuss and solve problems, if any.
Similarly, the timely design drawings submitted by the developer may be allowed without relying on the preparation of a new layout pattern. Meanwhile, field officers in the City and Country Planning Directorate were empowered, in accordance with a State Order, to collect centage costs together with charges for infrastructure and amenities and for development while releasing the plan to the local authority.