Naidu said suggestions were welcome for building a “technologically advanced, socially inclusive, aesthetically pleasing and financially self sufficient” country.
Union Minister for Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu Friday stressed the need for local bodies and government authorities to use innovative technologies and aesthetic designs to keep the capital region clean, “in tune with the national developmental agenda”.
Lauding the Delhi Urban Art Commission (DUAC) on completing 40 years, Naidu said suggestions were welcome for building a “technologically advanced, socially inclusive, aesthetically pleasing and financially self sufficient” country.
Elaborating on the three-pronged approach of the DUAC – regulation of projects in Delhi, advising the Ministry of Urban Development and conducting studies on urban planning – Naidu spoke about the need for easing the process of seeking approvals for development projects.
“We need to understand that giving approvals on time is very important. For an investor or a business house which brings in capital to put up a project in the city, every day of delay would mean delay in providing facilities and services to the residents of the city, besides monetary loss.”
Maintaining that in many local bodies proposals are kept pending for months, the Union minister added, “In order to improve this, I suggest that e-approval systems be put in place… to improve transparency and to reduce arbitrariness, I am given to understand that DUAC has introduced an Approval System Matrix.”
On the issue of building by-laws, Naidu said his ministry was examining unified building by-laws. “We hope to notify the amended and streamlined building by-laws for Delhi which is being done after a long period of over 30 years… The same is the case of the Lutyens’ Bungalow Zone guidelines also.”
He called for collaboration of New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) and DUAC in the light of the Centre’s “Smart City” programme.
“I take this opportunity to reiterate that this government is committed to a developmental agenda of taking the nation on an upward trajectory on a path of progress, prosperity and peace. I have no doubt that the government will be able to fulfill its agenda with committed officers in various organisations such as the DUAC,” he said.
Source: Indian Express
Dated: 7th November 2015