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Glitches in Chennai Corporation online building approval system

Aloysius Xavier Lopez

— Photo: V. Ganesan

A screen shot of the website of Chennai Corporation.

CHENNAI: As a number of licensed surveyors and builders are complaining of a delay in the new online building approval system of the Chennai Corporation, the civic body is planning to impart training to licensed surveyors and architects to handle the new facility.

Y.S. Kannan, a Chartered Engineer, said he was not able to submit drawings online. “We have made a representation to the Corporation.”

45 plans approved

According to officials, the Corporation received more than 550 applications for building approval after the introduction of the new online building approval system a few weeks ago.

“We approved 45 plans and the rest were rejected,” said a Corporation official.

Plans were rejected because the licensed surveyors did not upload the drawings according to the norms, said a Corporation official. The drawings that were not in layers and closed polygon were rejected.

Corporation Commissioner Rajesh Lakhoni said licensed surveyors would have to undergo compulsory training for renewal of their licence.

There were around 1,200 licensed surveyors in the city. The training programme for them would start on Friday, said the official.

Any person interested in knowing about the new online system can attend the training programme.

According to officials, one of the factors contributing to the trouble was the problem in the conversion to metric system. The software required metric system and the licensed surveyors did not show interest in training, said Mr. Lakhoni.

The online system of plan approval was in operation only in Zone 10 and building approval for other zones could be obtained through the old system, according to Mr. Lakhoni.

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