GUWAHATI, Sept 1: Reacting to media reports on September 1, 2017 on the issue of Building Permission by GMDA, GMDA chairman Dhiren Baruah welcomed the concern of Additiol Chief Secretary M.G.V.K. Bhanu, Guwahati Development Department over the matter and apprised that GMDA is always working with utmost sincerity with a citizen-centric approach.
At present three posts of development officers and one post of assistant town planner are lying vacant, Baruah said, and added that this had been regularly apprised to Government. “Important posts like that of the Secretary and the Town Planner were also lying vacant from March, 2017 until recently. In view of the increasing volume of the work and despite the shortage in manpower, GMDA is trying its level best to provide its services to the public. As soon as the vacant posts are filled up GMDA will be able to satisfy the citizens of Guwahati,” a press release issued in this regard said.
Regarding the issue of public hearing, the Chairman expressed that his office is always open to public grievances round the clock which he and all officers attend to persolly.
Regarding the pendency in planning permit, the release pointed out that in the last four weeks on weekly average 80-85 proposals were received and disposed of. The release further said that the pendency is due to severe manpower shortage, brought down by 60% and the remaining is expected to be cleared very shortly.
After the news item, the Chairman sat together with all the officials of GMDA and took a pledge that all officials of GMDA would work united in a positive direction to serve the public of Guwahati with utmost sincerity.