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Sep 18, 2017 01:54 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

Maharashtra looks to ease builders' woes, fast-track ease of doing biz

Maharashtra's CM Devendra Fadnavis who is also the state's Urban Development Minister is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the state outshines others when it comes to ease of doing business.

Maharashtra looks to ease builders' woes, fast-track ease of doing biz

Stacy Pereira

CNBC-TV18

Maharashtra's Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis who is also the state's Urban Development Minister is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the state outshines others when it comes to ease of doing business. In a bid to appease the real estate industry, who have been crying for a single window clearance mechanism to be put in place, the state's UDD (Urban Development Department) has made it mandatory to grant permissions in a time-bound manner.

"Once the applications are made online, everyone will be able to check the status and this will put the onus on the approving authorities to grant permissions accordingly," said a senior BMC offical, as it will be upon the local civic bodies to implement these orders.

To ensure timely delivery the government has made amendments to The Maharashtra Right To Public Services Act, 2015, under which permissions for activities like felling trees will have to be given within 45 days. Also, online submission of an inspection report in case of building permission, plinth-checking, occupation certificates etc will have to be delivered within 48 hours from the time of inspection on site. All this is said to cut down time in getting approvals ensuring that OCs can be delivered within 8 days; Plinth checking certificate within 7 days and building completion certificates within 30 days.

In a recent event Durga Shankar Mishra, the secretary of the ministry of Housing and Urban Development empasised that "most major cities with over 1 lakh population should aim to put together an online building permission system latest by March 31, 2018'. If this target is to be achieved developers will not have to enter municipal offices seeking permissions ever again.

But developers still have their reservations."Eight days on paper looks very great, but in effect it takes 1.5 to 2 months because there are a number of unnecessary permissions that are required," says Dhaval Ajmera, Director Ajmera Realty and Infra. He believes that If the government is really serious about ease of doing business then they should cut down on the number of permissions required as that would smoothen the overall process.

Even industry expert says that for orders like these to become a reality, implementation is key. According to Gulam Zia, ED, Kinght Frank, "If the government plans on achieving this target it will have to engage in better machinery; with the existing infrastructure, this will remain a challenge".

According to a world bank report, India is still placed at the 130th position when it comes to ease of doing business. Accountability from the government is still a major cause of concern. But moves like this can surely change the fortunes of the real estate industry which has been in a slumber.
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