THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In a move aimed at taking service delivery to the public, the city corporation will compile building permit applications for residential constructions below 120 sq.m that are pending clearance or no objection certificate from other government bodies. The applications being received at the on-going town planning adalat here will be processed this way.
People living in Vizhinjam have often raised concerns regarding delay in getting coastal regulation zone (CRZ) clearance for residential buildings. The town planning adalat which began here on Tuesday received around 14 applications for which CRZ clearance was mandatory for issuing building permit.
The civic body will process such applications in respective zonal offices and awareness for submitting applications will be created among the applicants. A nodal officer will also be deputed for the initiative. “We have come to notice that when people submit applications individually, they have to deal with so much delays and hurdles even if it is for a small house with nominal dimensions. That is why we are planning to compile such applications based on zonal offices and will be submitted in compiled format to district level authorities for clearance. The hearing and related processes will be scheduled exclusively for such files,” said corporation secretary Binu Francis.
Mayor Arya Rajendran said heads of standing committees and officials with the engineering section will directly supervise processing of such files. “We will assign a date for follow up of files pending clearance from CRZ or regional town planner. This will also eliminate the involvement of intermediaries who often misguide the applicants,” said the mayor.
The city corporation had earlier been tasked with the arduous process of clearing applications for construction of dwellings in CRZ-2 after the district level coastal zone management committee would defer a major share of applications for the scrutiny by the corporation secretary.
Airport NoC, clearance from regional town planners for construction in green zones, consent from neighbours are other types of files which will be processed in this manner.