Welcome to Alumni & Corporate Relations
Full-fledged construction portal for Chennai Metro City!

The Tamil Nadu State government is still working towards launching a comprehensive construction portal to integrate various procedures for planning and building permissions granted by the Directorate of Town and Country Planning, Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) and local bodies.

In this regard, a senior state government official informed that the state government has urged the Housing Department and Municipal Administration and Water Supply Department (MAWS) to implement the reforms soon.

The official shared, “The Chief Secretary is chairing a review meeting to implement these reforms. We hope the Chennai sub-component will be implemented by this month-end.”

It will be a ‘single-window’ portal built at a cost of Rs.36 Crores.
It will help process planning permissions, building permission applications, completion certificates and also occupancy certificates.
The citizen-oriented web portal will facilitate transparency, easier filling of forms and digitization of records. It is learnt that the CMDA is trying to bring in layout and reclassification procedures under this construction portal by December end.

Sources said that the CMDA must bring the land-use information systems online, as well as integrate complaint petitions with the enforcement unit. This will ensure transparency or else the entire process will remain on paper.

In this juncture, it is worthwhile noting that the 10-year-old e-governance project of the CMDA to usher in transparency has been a non-starter. It had many shortfalls and despite numerous representations, the issue is yet to be sorted out.

The sources inform that even the online project, for which IIT Madras was roped in, has failed to completely ensure transparency so far!