APPLICATION FOR APPROVAL OF A TOWN PLANNING SCHEME
When a Town Planning Scheme is received by the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development, the following steps are followed:
- It is recorded by the NAMPAB Secretary as “Received” and handed over to a Town Planner for evaluation within the shortest possible time.
- After that is completed, the Scheme is handed back to the NAMPAB Secretary with the instruction to advertise.
- A General Notice is prepared (10 minutes);
- Three quotations are obtained from the newspapers (1-2 days);
- As soon as that is received, a requisition for expenditure is prepared and submitted to our Finance Division to be recommended by the Economizing Committee that is supposed to meet once a week (no control over time-frame);
- Once it is recommended by the Economizing Committee, a Purchase Order is issued (no control over this as well);
- Then the NAMPAB Secretary informs the newspapers that they may go ahead with the advertisement (once a week for 3 consecutive weeks as prescribed in the Town Planning Ordinance, 1954 (Ordinance 18 of 1954), as amended);
- The General Notice is also published in the Government Gazette which appears on the 1st and the 15th of the month;
- The closing date for objections is 30 days after the last publication date.
- If no objection is received, the Scheme is given to the Planners again, to prepare a memorandum and recommendations for NAMPAB. Again it depends on their workload.
- After it has been recommended by NAMPAB, a Government Notice is prepared and sent to the Legal Drafters for legal scrutiny (2 – 3 days).
- When the Government Notice is received back, the NAMPAB Secretary submits the Scheme to the Minister for approval (no control over the Minister’s schedule).
- After this, the applicant is informed about the outcome (within two days).