Kumar Singh (name changed on request), a Green Park Main resident, spent restless time as his proposal for construction of additional floor was pending with Delhi’s competent authority (CA). The permission is mandatory as his house was about 250 metres away from a protected monument.
Colhgal DK, a resident of Nizamuddin (west) had already received CA’s approval but has since been waiting to know the status of his application at the National Monument Authority (NMA).
If, like Kumar and Colhgal, you too stay in the vicinity of an Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) protected heritage monument, there is some good news. You can now apply online for getting permission for construction/repairs/renovation and track the proposal once relevant documents are submitted.
Two years after the amendment in the archaeological act, Delhi CA’s website (www.competentauthoritydelhi.co.in) was launched on Friday by Delhi’s chief secretary PK Tripathi.
The website has options for submitting the applications, knowing its status, permissions given, action on proposals, refusals etc. “Once someone files online application, he will get a system generated unique number. This will enable him to track the proposal. Moreover, the entire process becomes transparent,” said Vijay Singh, CA Delhi, who himself has designed the website.
The website has a host of other related information such as the archaeological act, the notifications, provision for heritage bye-laws, maps of the heritage areas, city’s history, list of all the protected monuments with details and each of its photos.
However, there still is no trace of NMA website. “It will take about 2-3 weeks more,” is all that Pravin Shrivastava, member secretary, NMA said.