To minimise inconvenience for citizens who have to wait a long time to get compensation of their land given for civic projects,the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to speed up the process of issuing transfer of development rights (TDR) to the landowners by carrying out the entire process through a special software. This would enable the landowner to get the TDR in six months as against the existing period of a minimum of two years,civic officials said.
The civic body has long replaced the compensation system by bringing in the TDR concept wherein owner of the land is issued TDR instead of cash transaction for the land acquired by civic body for projects.
However,a TDR scam in the recent past had raised questions over the implementation of the new concept and the civic administration was compelled to bring in an error-free system to avoid irregularities.
The TDR process is lengthy and time-consuming. Those applying for TDR had to wait long to get the compensation for the land given for civic projects. The process is completed after it goes through nine departments, said city engineer Prashant Waghmare. It is necessary that the land owner gets the compensation at a faster pace rather than waiting for few years,he said,adding,The PMC has to be careful while issuing the TDR to avoid irregularities and simultaneously speed up the process. Thus,it has been decided to carry out the process through a specialised software.
Applicants can track the file of TDR claim online and will get an SMS alert on the movement of the file in the department,Waghmare said. This would bring in accountability in each department for delay of file and speed up the TDR process in the interest of citizens, he added.
Each department requires time for completing their responsibility in the TDR case and to avoid delay,four copies of the file are forwarded in advance to different departments so that they carry out the initial process before the actual case comes to the respective department,he added.
Civic activist Vijay Kumbhar,however,said the only advantage of the initiative would be that citizens would know the status of their TDR claim. The swiftness in completing the process depends more on the efficiency of the civic staff. The computer would only have a record of it, he said. The civic administration should consult the experts in the field before going ahead with the initiative or it would result in a waste of money,he added.