The Ministry of Urban Development aims to take all construction related procedures and approvals online by May end. A simple, integrated common application form will enable single window clearances for ease of doing construction business.
This move is targeted to improve India’s ranking in the upcoming World Bank’s ease of doing business report.
According to data from World Bank in last year’s ranking, it takes 231 days to complete as many as 28 procedures for construction approvals in Delhi. In Mumbai, it takes 147 days to complete 40 procedures. The report covers two cities — Delhi and Mumbai — while calculating the ranking for India.
Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said, “We want to showcase Delhi and Mumbai and expect that other cities will catch up when these two lead the way. The idea is to empower urban local bodies to sanction approvals in 30 days.”
The Minister was speaking at a ‘Workshop on Ease of Doing Business for construction permits in Delhi’ here on Thursday.
The Ministry also will put in place an online system for online payments for these approvals, Rajiv Gauba, Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, said.
New Delhi Municipal Corporation Chairman Naresh Kumar said that the body will not accept manual applications after May 15. It will also set up facilitation centres at its headquarters to help the public in filling applications online.
During a presentation on behalf of all the three Municipal Corporations of Delhi, Punit Goel, Commissioner of South MCD said that thee corporations have completed most of the integration with all other external agencies through a Common Application Form and would be in a position to eliminate manual applications by the end of next month.
Goel added that the corporations are ready with an online Automatic Calculator for estimation of different charges to be paid by which the owners and architects could find the costs to be paid. Fee to be paid can be worked out by furnishing information about colony category, plot area, floor-wise covered area, building type etc.
Source: The Hindu
Dated: 28th April 2016