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Makes compulsory to issue certificates of compliance also in a day

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday instructed the relevant officials to approve housing and small-scale business construction plans within a day if the the plans are in order and prepared properly.

President Rajapaksa said the people are greatly inconvenienced due to the strict rules and time consuming process in approving construction plans.

He expressed these views at a meeting with the officials of the institutions under the Urban Development, Water Supply and Housing Facilities Ministry. The meeting was held at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo yesterday afternoon.

He said it was the responsibility of the government to simplify the existing laws and minimize the inconvenience faced by the people.

“The attention should be made to empower the local government bodies for approving plans and to make legal provision to make this possible. An officer with the legal knowledge should be appointed to approve plans which have not yet been approved. It is compulsory to issue the Certificate of Compliance in a day,” he said.

The special attention has been paid to update the National Physical Plan. The importance of focusing on long-term loans and concessionary loans to a first-time home buyer has also been discussed. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

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  • Ram Tuesday, 07 January 2020 01:05 PM

    president please advise CMC and its all depts to receive applications in a single visit. Many depts. like drainage, City Planning and Legal take many days to receive application only. Each and every day new law/conditions introduced by them with out informing public in advance and harass the tax payers. To build a building in our own land with our own money we need to beg and pay a huge amount of money to these institutions.

    Hemantha Kulatunga Tuesday, 07 January 2020 02:30 PM

    What a relief to common man. Thank you Mr. President ! But get your officials to monitor.

    Dilan Liyanage Tuesday, 07 January 2020 04:52 PM

    Please save public from corrupt officers who seeks bribes.

    Raj Tuesday, 07 January 2020 05:32 PM

    But don't you have to ask the neighbours if they have any objections to the plan before approving it. Some taller buildings are built without any regard for buildings next to it obstructing air and light.


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