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Mumbai civic body calls for joint site inspections to issue construction permits quickly

The circular has been issued under the ‘ease of doing business’ initiative of the BMC

mumbai Updated: Jan 23, 2018 10:56 IST
Tanushree Venkatraman
Tanushree Venkatraman
Hindustan Times
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A senior architect said currently, getting a construction permit takes about 30 days.(HT File Photo)

In order to speed up the process of issuing construction permits and improving inter-departmental co-ordination, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has called for joint site inspection by its departments and a stipulated period of seven days within which construction permits have to be issued.

In a circular issued on January 18, municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta has stated that the no-objection certificate, remarks or completion certification has to be issued within seven days from the date of receipt of request from the applicant.

A senior architect from the industry said that the process, as of now, takes about 30 days. The architect, who did not wish to be named said, “Most of the times the file remains pending with one department or it is rejected stating several reasons after a long time. With this move, the remarks will be issued faster, which is beneficial for the city.”

The circular has been issued under the ‘ease of doing business’ initiative wherein the BMC is trying to curtail the number of days required to clear files, which otherwise takes months together.

The circular further states that departments involved in granting the certificates should undertake a joint inspection of the site in order to hasten the process. Currently, there are a minimum of three departments involved (namely building proposals, chief fire officer and storm water drains) in most cases to grant a certificate. Each of these departments in turn have three processes to grant a certificate.

“There are three departments involved, which in turn makes it nine processes. The Central government in various meetings has directed to reduce these processes to improve the World Bank ranking of our country in construction permits,” the circular states.

It is also essential for the officials conducting the site visit to submit their remarks within two working days of visiting the site.

In 2017, India, for the first time moved in the top 100 of the World Bank’s ‘ease of doing business’ global rankings owing to sustained reforms in various sectors.

A senior civic official said, “This will not only hasten the process, it will not disturb business and it will also improve coordination among departments within BMC, which is lacking now.”

First Published: Jan 23, 2018 10:56 IST