In a recent big development, PM Narendra Modi has given March 2019 as deadline for all municipalities to get online to grant permission for construction of buildings. At the same time, he also asked all government agencies to complete geo-tagging of urban infrastructure which are built under the urban rejuvenation mission, AMRUT, by the end of this month so that their progress can be reviewed.
These instructions were issued by him during the recent PRAGATI meet in which he interacted with the secretaries to various ministries and chief secretaries of states.
According to Ministry of Urban Affairs press release, “Out of the 500 mission cities and towns, 370 municipal bodies have gone online for granting building permission. This system enables people to get the requisite permission by placing an online application rather than visiting municipal offices. This is one of the major thrust areas of government under its “ease of doing business” initiative.”
Sources also said that the geo-tagging of under-construction projects have been taken up to assess the progress as part of strict monitoring for timely completion of work.
AMRUT is one of the Modi Government flagship programmes launched with the aim of providing basic civic amenities like water supply, sewerage, urban transport, parks as to improve the quality of life for all especially the poor and the disadvantaged. It is a centrally sponsored scheme with 80 percent budgetary support from the Centre. The deadline of this mission is June 2020.