Maharashtra govt officials to speed up realty projects
PUNE: State government officials will be held accountable for not clearing approvals of construction projects within the stipulated time frame.
The state urban development department (UDD), in a circular issued last week under the Right to Services Act for ease of doing business in the state, has the made government officials accountable for issuing approvals for construction projects as per the timeline set by the department in August circular.
According to the circular, officials concerned will issue orders for commencement of building in less than 30 days, plinth certificates in seven days, occupation certificates in eight days, tree-felling permission in 45 days. Permission for tree felling is issued under section 8 (4) of Maharashtra (urban areas) Protection and Preservation of Trees Act. Earlier, there was no deadline for issuing permission.
The UDD is one of the last remaining departments to set deadlines and designate officers responsible for meeting them under the Maharashtra Right to Public Services Act, 2015. Similar directives were issued under the Central government’s ease of doing business initiative, but state government officers were not held guilty for missing deadlines.
With the UDD issuing new rules to hasten approvals for construction, the realty sector is all set to benefit as earlier there was no time line for approvals. "It is a good initiative. But there is also a fear that officials might find small faults and delay the process,” stated Maharashtra CREDAI president Shantilal Kataria.
Consumer forums have been up in arms against developers for not meeting deadlines. Recently, a Pune-based consumer forum had even pointed out that while consumers had raised the issue with the Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority, it was issuing fresh deadlines.
However, CREDAI president Kataria said that the existing projects, which were stuck at various levels, will gain momentum due to these rules .
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