To enable time bound and hassle free clearances for housing projects, the central government has decided on streamlining approvals for construction projects in urban areas and will issue a notification to this effect by the end of November. The decision was taken on 28th October at a high level meeting that was attended by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma and Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha, among others.
This move would come as a relief for the real estate sector, which has been complaining about the time taken to secure approvals for residential projects in different parts of the country. According to builders, any construction project requires 30-50 different approvals from various ministries that could take anywhere between 1-2 years to come, delays projects and increasing project costs.
Speaking at a workshop on Model State Urban Affordable Housing and Habitat Policy, Union Minister Naidu said that the Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (HUPA) was engaging with ministries like Environment and Forests, Urban Development, Defence, Civil Aviation, etc, for fast tracking of NOCs (no-objection certificates) to residential projects.
On the Centre’s Housing for All Scheme, Naidu said that the private sector should also play a vital role in providing affordable housing and termed Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects as need of the hour. HUPA ministry has established a committee to draft model documents for undertaking affordable housing on a PPP (public-private partnership) basis, the reported said quoting Naidu.