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BMC to cut red tape for new business in Mumbai

MUMBAI: The BMC has drafted an action plan to slash the waiting period for businesses to get permission for construction and power connection.

From April 1, the civic body proposes to cut the 180 days required for granting permission for construction to 45 days and the 105 days needed for a power connection to 21 days.

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis will review the reforms proposed by the BMC on Thursday. The move comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi took up the issue after a comprehensive report by the World Bank on ease of doing business in Mumbai and New Delhi in 2015 painted a grim picture.

Around 20 permissions are needed from the BMC and the remaining from non-BMC agencies such as the ministries of railways, environment and forest, civil aviation, and the tree authority Mhada, high rise committee, etc.

The BMC action plan proposes to trim the waiting period for all its permits. For instance, it wants to reduce the period required for fire NOC from 45 days to 15 days, traffic clearance from 30 days to 15 days, heritage NOC from 45 days to 30 days and pest control from 30 days to 7 days.

The power connection process too will be streamlined as a large number of permissions are required at the moment and many of them are unnecessary and time-consuming.

Experts feel the time-bound action plan and deadlines for each permission will also limit the scope for corruption in the BMC.BMC-HQ

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