UDA launches online system to approve constructions

Published : 9:16 am  June 14, 2018 | No comments so far |  |  (223) reads | 

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  • Approval of constructions with four or more storeys and over 4,000 sq. ft. in extent
  •  8,000 applications approved since April 
  •  Approval within four weeks 
  •  Rs. 4mn spent on infrastructure development 
  • System to be linked with 13 LG institutions

 

By Thilanka Kanakarathna   

rban Development Authority (UDA) has introduced an online system to approve constructions with four or more storeys and over 4,000 square feet in extent, Megapolis and Western Development Minister Champika Ranawaka 
said recently. 


“The system introduced in April has received over 9,000 applications and the ministry had already approved 8,000 out of them. The system is efficient, corruption free and user-friendly. It delivers a trustworthy service. The UDA hopes to replace manual procedures with this service in all districts by October,” he said.  


Meanwhile, UDA Chairman Dr. Jagath Munasinghe believes the new facility will provide building approvals within less than four weeks, if necessary documents are submitted along with duly completed application forms. 
“Through this system, any applicant could apply for permission to carry out construction work from any part of the world. Applicants could monitor the progress of their applications and will also be notified via SMS alerts,” Dr. Munasinghe said.  


In a bid to streamline its activities, the UDA intends to resolve issues pertaining to the preparation of development plans and investment facilities. Also, the service will uplift the living standards of the 
urban population. 


The UDA had spent some Rs. 4 million on infrastructure development of the new system and will not charge any additional payment for plan approval except for the processing fee stipulated by the UDA. 

 

Any applicant could apply for permission to carry out construction work from any part of the world. Applicants could monitor the progress of their applications and will also be notified via SMS alerts


The system is to be linked with 13 local government institutions to expedite the operational process and it had already inked an agreement with the Board of Investment (BOI), Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) and the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA). 


The applicants can reach the new system via UDA’s official website or the following link: http://applications.uda.lk/ 


Meanwhile, the UDA will conduct a special mobile service to commemorate its 40th anniversary on June 18 from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. at the Independence Square Arcade in Colombo, where the public can approach its officials to find solutions to their grievances.