Why Project clearances take time…

nocA real estate project requires clearances from around 40 government agencies during the planning, design, construction and occupancy phases. Though this should not be an excuse for builders to delay construction, it does hamper their plans. The clearances vary across states. Here are the host of clearances that a builder must obtain in Maharashtra & Gujarat

Submission of project proposal

The developer has to submit a location plan, site plan, layout plan, building plan and service plan to the municipal authorities under Regulation 5 of the Development Control Rules, 1981.

Building proposal department: 3-8 days

Completion certificate (CC)After getting the OC, the developer needs to apply for a CC. The assistant engineer’s department carries out an inspection and issues a certificate. Once he gets the CC, he can apply for water and electricity connection.Executive Engineers office: 1 month

Lift installation/ Operation

The developer needs to take permission from the public works department to install the lift. A separate license is required to operate it. The license needs to be renewed every year.

Public Works department: 45-60 days

Occupancy certificate (OC)

Once the developer has completed the construction according to all the norms, he can apply for the occupancy certificate.

Building department: 2 months

Site office approvalTo set up an office at the project site, the developer needs permission from the building department.Building department: 15 days

Road access

The developer needs permissions from the National Highway Authority of India to get access to the road.

NHAI: 2 months

Permission for excavationThe developer needs permission to excavate the land for construction.Collector and executive engineer: 30 days

Coastal regulatory authority

If the developer’s project is in close proximity to the sea, he has to take approval from Coastal Zone Management Authority because construction is not allowed up to 500 meters from the coast

Coastal Zone Management Authority: 8-12 months

Water connectionIf the developer plans to dig his own bore well, he needs to take the permission from the central ground water authority, especially so, in coastal areas.Central Ground Water Authority: 2 months

Clearance certificate 

Once he gets the NOCs, the builder can apply for a clearance certificate. Following a verification a clearance certificate is issued. He can then pay a development charge to start construction.

Building Proposal Office: 30-45 days

NOC for individual departmentsAfter the developer gets the IOD, he has to get a no objection certificate from the tree authority, fire clearance, storm water & drainage, sewage, archaeological survey, hydraulic, traffic and co-ordination, and environment departments.Obtaining intimation of disapproval

Once the civic plans are submitted, a sub engineer conducts onsite inspection and submits his findings to the assistant engineer’s ..

Executive engineer’s office,
building department: 45 days-3 monthsET Wealth analysis– In March 2013, a housing ministry panel had recommended a single-window clearance system for real estate projects. It should be implemented at the earliest.

– An online portal, where all relevent documents can be uploaded for verification and certificates can be issued could simplify matters further.

– Physical inspection of project sites to ensure norms are being followed can be coordinated by a single body, instead of each department having its own team of inspectors.

Sources : Economics Times..



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