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'CCI to expedite decisions for clearances of major projects'

PTI  New Delhi, December 19, 2012
First Published: 16:46 IST(19/12/2012) | Last Updated: 16:49 IST(19/12/2012)

The Cabinet Committee on Investment (CCI) set up recently to expedite decisions for clearances and implementation of projects would monitor and review major projects to ensure speedy grant of licences, permissions and approvals, Parliament was informed on Wednesday.

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"This Cabinet Committee would monitor and review the implementation of major projects to ensure accelerated and time-bound grant of various licenses, permissions and approvals," minister of state for parliamentary affairs and planning Rajeev Shukla said in a written reply in Lok Sabha.

Last week, the union cabinet had decided to set up the CCI under the Prime Minister to fast track approvals for mega projects.

"The Cabinet has recently approved a proposal for constitution of a Cabinet Committee with Prime Minister as the chairman to expedite decisions on approvals/clearances for implementation of projects," Shukla said.

The Committee would also prescribe different time limits, in consultation with the ministries concerned, for taking decisions on different types of approvals and clearances for each sector under that ministry/department, he added.

The concerned ministry or department would be expected to take a decision after due diligence on the application within the stipulated time period.

"In case the decision is not taken within the stipulated time period, the Cabinet Committee would look into the reasons for delays and facilitate decision-making on critical issues to de-bottleneck key impediments by fast tracking the required approvals/clearances," the minister said.

On whether rules of land transfer under PPP projects for infrastructure have been relaxed, Shukla said government has now relaxed a ban for certain categories of projects, including PPP. This has been done by allowing land alienation for all cases of land transfer on lease or rent or license to a concessionaire which have been appraised through PPP Appraisal Committee route, he added.

Early last year, a ban was imposed on all transfer of government-owned land by any entity except in cases where land was to be transferred from one government department to another.

"This (situation) was leading to long delays in awarding concessions for infrastructure projects, particularly PPP projects," Shukla said.


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