Culture Min Mahesh Sharma launches NMA’S online web portal

26 April, New Delhi

Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma Tuesday launched the National Monuments Authority (NMA)’s web portal to facilitate single window clearance for sites in the regulated area of Centrally Protected Monuments/sites.

Named “NOC Online Application and Processing System (NOAPS)” , the web portal has been designed by NMA keeping in view the directive of the Prime Minister regarding “e-Governance” and “Ease of Doing Business”, a Cultural ministry spokesperson said.

The portal has used the technology and expertise of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), who are in the process of mapping of 3686 ASI protected monuments and sites. They have developed a user friendly Mobile App, which can be downloaded free cost by an applicant and can be used to upload the geo coordinates of his plot which falls within the prohibited/regulated area of the monument, he said.

One of the tasks mandated to NMA is to consider the impact of large scale development projects, including public projects proposed in the regulated area; to make recommendations to the Competent Authority for grant of NOC for construction of residential/commercial building in the regulated area of Centrally Protected Monuments/Sites.

The web portal of NMA has now been integrated with the online portal of local bodies of Delhi and Mumbai viz. NDMC, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) and MCDs (South MCD, North MCD, East MCD) to facilitate single window clearance for construction on a common application form.

The applicant need to fill up a single form which will be sent to the concerned agencies by the local body, from whom No Objection Certificate (NOC) is required. NMA on its part will communicate its decision to the local body within six working day, bringing down the time limit from ninety days, as prescribed in Ancient Monuments and Archeological Sites and Remains (AMASR) Act.

The applicant is not required to visit NMA in connection with his/her application but can track the progress of the application online. However, large projects involving construction of building beyond 2000 sq mt. have been kept out of the purview of Single Window Clearance System, keeping in view their possible impact on the Monument or the site, the spokesperson said.

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