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No red tape in construction

india Updated: Nov 13, 2006 05:22 IST
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Three months down the line, reconstruction of buildings will be an easy task while the owner of a plot will be able to develop it without any approvals from the municipal corporation.

In the new draft housing policy, the state has decided to go for self-approval of plans for the construction of buildings. With the new policy, a plan for the construction of a building could be prepared and approved through accredited architects.

"This is a very progressive decision that is on the lines of cities like New York where there are no hassles like getting permissions from various government departments," DR Hadadare, Chief Engineer of the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada), said.

If the policy is implemented, construction of buildings will not be a cumbersome undertaking. At present, the owner of a plot that needs to be developed or the reconstruction of old buildings requires some 40 no-objection certificates (NOC) from various utilities. Very often, it takes years to get permissions.

"Now the proposal will only be submitted to the municipal corporation and the developers will not have to wait for any approval," Hadadare said. "However, the architect clearing the plan will be (held) fully responsible if the plan is not in accordance with the set of rules framed by the corporation."

Hadadre said action will be taken if a plan breaks rules. "Architects will have to follow these rules and then prepare a plan. If the plan is faulty, the architect will be responsible and strict action will be taken against the architect."

Hadadare said there will have to be "strict supervision by the corporation" to see that rules are not flouted.

But he added that fear of being blacklisted will prevent a reputed architect from taking the risk of going against the pre-determined set of rules.

In the draft policy unveiled a few days back, the government claims to have kept the interests of the lower and middle class in mind like sale of flats by the carpet area. Over the next two months, suggestions and objections will be invited from the people regarding the housing policy before it is put before the cabinet for approval.

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