An online portal by the Telangana government will soon help people from the state seek permission to construct houses in their native towns and villages right from the comfort of their homes.
According to The Times of India, Panchayat and Rural Development officials are working on a model to offer ‘online building permissions’ in all Telangana villages. The provision will be inclusive for Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) as well, who can apply for permission to construct their dream house in their state, from anywhere in the world.
The National Informatics Centre (NIC) is developing the portal. Reportedly, it was slated for launch before Diwali. The officials have addressed the delay by informing that it was still under development as they had to add more features.
To make the portal more user-friendly, a convoy of officials from Telangana had visited Madhya Pradesh to study their e-panchayat model.
“As part of the ease of doing business, the government wants to be number one in terms of offering services to the people and also in various government activities. It will take some more time to launch the portal,” Panchayat Raj deputy Commissioner, Rama Rao, told TOI.
The portal will also include a grievance lodging mechanism, along with the provision to pay property tax and apply for drinking water connections online. The state government intends to extend this model to all the 8,640 gram panchayats in Telangana, which is expected to employ close to 10,000 rural men and women.
While the officials are yet to finalise a name for the e-panchayat facility, it will most likely be called ‘Palle Seva Kendram’.
“The government has already supplied computers and other peripherals to the villages so that Palle Seva Kendrams can be set up. Once the fibre grid project is complete, every home will have Internet facility in villages. Transparency will improve in giving building permissions,” said an official.