Faced with criticism that his government had arrested the pace of realty projects in the state, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan assured the Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry (MCHI) that its concerns would be addressed within 45 days. Through a presentation made to Chavan and his team of senior officials, the MCHI raised several issues that it claimed were hampering real estate projects in the state.
On Tuesday, Chavan asked his officials, including BMC commissioner Sitaram Kunte and urban development principal secretary Manu Kumar Srivastav, to submit a report within 45 days on the concerns raised by the MCHI. Following this meeting, it is now likely that the high rise Committee, which clears all buildings more than 70 metres in height, will find its powers curtailed. Chavan agreed with the developers body, and said that the committee should look into only the structural aspects while giving a go-ahead to the project, instead of looking at other aspects like environment, floor space index etc. The CM has asked BMC commissioner to study the issue and present a report.
The MCHI’s presentation had also raised questions over policy decisions like cluster redevelopment, redevelopment of old buildings, redevelopment in joint venture of Mhada that had been stuck for the last two years. Accordingly, Chavan has asked the urban development department (UDD) to prepare a report on the lacunae in development control rules related to cluster redevelopment, redevelopment of old buildings etc. He has asked the MMRDA to speed up clearances for rental housing projects.
“Everything has been stuck for the last 2-3 years. Several policy decisions have been made like cluster redevelopment under 33(9) but no project has taken off. We demanded that clearances for realty projects
should come within 60 days,” said Paras Gundecha, president of the MCHI.