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Panel says giving building sanctions will take at least three months

Sources said the committee was in the process of preparing a chart, explaining the minimum and maximum time required for each department to grant sanctions.

A high-powered committee, after a meeting on Wednesday, has told the Ministry of Urban Development that grant of sanctions for commercial and residential properties was a painstaking process and would require a minimum of three months. The ministry had wanted this clearance to be given within a month.

Sources said the committee was in the process of preparing a chart, explaining the minimum and maximum time required for each department to grant sanctions.

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Speaking to Newsline, an official, who is part of the committee, said, “At the meeting, representatives of most of the urban local bodies who are responsible for granting sanctions for building plans expressed their concern on how granting sanctions would require more than a month, with a minimum requirement of three months. We are preparing a chart to explain this process, following which it will be submitted to the ministry for consideration.”

The committee will reportedly only monitor the time taken to grant sanctions for commercial and industrial projects of 5,000 sqm or more and residential projects of 10,000 sqm or more. In case any negligence is found on behalf of any of the departments, an explanation will be sought and sent to the Ministry of Urban Development.

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Sources said the committee will develop its own Management Information System, whose link will be posted on the website of the Delhi Development Authority. This will be done so that in case a developer has any complaint, they will be able to post it online.

The committee comprising representatives of the municipal corporations, the New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC), the Delhi Fire Services (DFS), Airports Authority of India (AAI), Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), National Monuments Authority and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee, with the DDA vice chairman as its head, will meet every month to review each building sanction plan.

“Every month, each department will discuss its list of pending and approved building sanctions. For each pending case, the representative of the concerned department will have to submit an explanation to be forwarded to the ministry,” an official said.