Lack of single-window hurting developers
“Lack of single-window clearance for real-estate projects” and the time taken in getting approvals from urban local bodies in Gujarat is contributing to 15-20 price rise, said office bearers of the Gujarat chapter of Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India (CREDAI), a pan-India body of developers.
In the board meeting of CREDAI-Gujarat attended by representatives from 26 towns across the state, the real-estate developers have decided to take on officers heading the urban local bodies, who according to them, are dragging their feet in giving the necessary clearances to projects for over a year. “The time taken for getting a small real-estate project in the state is between 8-12 months. In each urban local body, the officer seen engaged in a personal interpretation of the General Develop-ment Control Regulations (GDCR) rules. This leads to a lot of time delay thereby increasing the cost of houses and real-estate products by 15-20 percent,” said Sharif Memon, president of Gujarat chapter of CREDAI.
“For the last five years, we have been demanding single-window clearance for real-estate projects in Gujarat. This has not happened, because the officials themselves do not want it to happen,” Memon said hinting at the corruption involved in getting these clearances.