Construction nods in Gujarat to be given online


GANDHINAGAR: After the Gujarat government was arm-twisted by the real estate lobby ahead of the 8th Vibrant summit in January – which threatened to boycott the summit chaired by PM Narendra Modi over “daily harassment” by government agencies in giving land and construction-related clearances – the state government has decided to move consideration and approval of all such clearances online.

The state urban development department (UDD) was also given a target under PM Modi’s Ease of Doing Business programme, to smoothen the cumbersome processes affecting the real estate industry. Building construction clearances are considered a grey area prone to corruption, which leads to haphazard development of cities and burdens the exchequer.

The government has started developing a comprehensive development permission system with (1) An automated building permission system (2) Geographic information system (GIS) based master plan for urban local bodies (3) Town planning data on GIS for municipal corporations (4) Integration for these services as a part of E-Nagar Extention (5) Internet services for all urban local bodies. The recent state budget allocated Rs 35 crore for this.

Deputy chief minister and urban development minister Nitin Patel said: “The government has decided to deploy advanced technology in urban development. GIS-based urban development planning and GIS-based online approvals and clearance will start soon. We expect to start taking construction-related permissions online and minimize human intervention. All clearances will be have to be decided on in a stipulated time frame, which will not only help developers get clearances quickly but will bring transparency.”


Walls N Roof Comment: There are various initiative taken by the government for real estate to grow at a faster rate in India. Government bought many new policies and reforms such as RERA, GST, interest rate subsidy etc This all encompassing approach is igniting some spark in the mind of investors to invest in real estate. Cities like Mumbai and Delhi is receiving its housing approval through online process and the same will be soon implemented in Gujarat city. Gujarat city has witness tremendous growth in its real estate sector and this online process will  smoothen the cumbersome processes affecting the real estate industry.

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