CMDA / DTCP Approval

The Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA), formerly known as the Madras Metropolitan Development Authority (MMDA), is the nodal planning agency of Chennai in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. CMDA is a statutory organization of the Tamil Nadu Government.

DTCP stands for Directorate of Town and Country Planning. This department looks after planning and development in urban and rural areas of the country and each state has a DTCP for the state. The planned development is carried out through approval of layouts and by regulating through building rules and zoning regulations and also approval of industrial institutions.

KEY BENEFITS

The DTCP & CMDA Approval carry the advantage of owning a plot/land that can be used for a specific purpose which is designated by the planning authority.

The major benefit of DTCP or CMDA approval is the entitlement for getting building approval. This can also be an assurance that the building cannot be demolished without any proper procedure laid out for the approved layouts.

The demolition of buildings developed on CMDA approved plots/land is quite uncommon as it is not encouraged without any strong legal justification. This benefit is not available in the unapproved plots/layouts.

The value of property will substantially increase if the approval is sought and this will in fact increase the resale value.

Investors can buy DTCP approved plots in the developing areas, which is devoid of proper infrastructural development. Whereas, CMDA plots comes under the city limits, you are buying an asset in a sound infrastructure with schools, global companies, metro & flyovers around the location.

The scope of transparency in land/plots transaction is increased and resale is also made easier.

The Banks also will approve loans or fund building construction or renovation only when the land is approved.

THE PURPOSE OF CMDA

The responsibility of CMDA is to regulate physical developments within the Chennai metropolitan area. For this purpose, CMDA has already prepared a master plan that designates the permission for the use of land in every part of the Chennai metropolitan area.

THE POWERS AND FUNCTIONS OF CMDA

CMDA has a specific set of functions & responsibilities that are listed down below:

CMDA surveys the Chennai Metropolitan area which is under its control. This is usually done by preparing a report for each area & the survey is carried out.

The CMDA is the sole authority that prepares maps that supports in the planning of the city.

The plans for development if also prepared by the CMDA that includes the master plan as well.

Checklist for DTCP Approval:

1

General application duly signed by the applicant 

2

Copy of order (Tamil Nadu Government Gazette) declaring the multi-storeyed building area under rule 4(a) of the Multi-storeyed Building Rules, 1973

3

Form prescribed under rule 3(1) of Tamil Nadu District Municipalities Building, Rule, 1972 as in Appendix ‘A’ (for municipality and town panchayat areas) duly filled in 

4

Form prescribed under rule 4(1) of Tamil Nadu Panchayat Building Rule, 1997 as in Appendix ‘B'(for panchayat area) duly filled in

5

Site plan in any scale between 1:400 to 1:800 which should also indicate the location of the 10% reservation for OSR. 

6

Detailed plan, elevation, sectional details in scale not less than 1:100

7

Topo plan giving details within a 500-metre radius in scale not less than 1:2000 

8

Detailed structural design report with drawings and stability certificate duly considering the seismic forces from a class I structural engineer. (Affidavit in Rs.100/- stamp paper in the prescribed format to be provided by the architect, owner and structural design engineer) (format closed)

9

Certificate from a Chartered Engineer / Soil mechanics Engineer as to whether the soil is having enough safe bearing capacity for the proposed height of Multi storeyed Building

10

Solar water-heated system as indicated in the drawing

11

STP Report with detailed calculations and drawings

12

Rainwater harvesting structures and arrangements with drawings and detailed report of RWH based on the contour of the site

13

Attested copy of the Documents (Sale Deed/Lease Deed/Power of Attorney)

14

VAO Attested FMB/Town Survey Sketch

15

VAO Attested – Chiita, Adangal, TSLR, ‘A’ register copy

16

Encumbrance Certificate for the past 13 years (in original)

17

NOC from Tahsildar (in original) in the prescribed format for poromboke land, land acquisition, Land Ceiling Act, 1978 and Land Reforms Act, 1961

18

Whether FMB Sketch, Chitta, Copy of ‘A’ register for the access road is available

19

Local Body resolution for all the survey numbers with specific recommendations

20

Planning authority resolution for all the survey numbers (in case of planning areas only)

21

Specific recommendations and remarks about the site suitability and access road etc.  by the Regional Deputy Director in case of non-planning area or by the member secretary of the Planning Authority in case of planning areas

22

NOC for ELCOT (in case of IT Building)

23

NOC from Fire Service Department

24

NOC from P&T Department for Microwave tower

25

NOC from Civil Aviation Department

26

NOC from Chennai Regional Advisory Committee

27

NOC from Traffic Police Department

28

Local Planning Authority recommendation and inspection remarks (in planning areas only)

29

Specific recommendations and inspection remarks of the Regional Deputy Director in case of non-planning areas

30

Government pleader opinion about land ownership mentioning all survey numbers and area

31

Water supply arrangement undertaking letter

32

Whether the area lies in Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ), if so, certificate, drawings and remarks of Member Secretary of Local Planning Authority to be attached.



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