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MCGM the first municipal in the country to ease construction permit norms

The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai has become the first municipal corporation in the country to launch a single window system to process and approve building proposals. In a recent meeting with the World Bank group, the civic body explained the introduction of online proposals and how the single window has helped developers to wrap up the documentation work speedily.

The MCGM chief Ajoy Mehta explained to the World Bank officials about the remarkable change the civic body has achieved over the last six months on the ease of doing business.

Last year, India was ranked 183rd by the World Bank ‘Doing Business Report’ for dealing with construction permits. Vinod Chithore, Chief Engineer, Development Plan 2034, in the meeting submitted a report which stated the change of parameters for obtaining construction permits in the city.

Also, Mehta pointed out that not only the time to complete the documentation of the construction has been reduced but also the cost for getting the construction permit has been effectively brought down to much affordable amount.

According to the report, the total number of procedures have reduced from 40 to 10- 3 before construction, 4 during construction and 17 after construction. The corporation has also reduced the cost required during the construction period by 43% than the previous year. A senior civic official said, “Currently, the total cost for getting construction permit is brought down to Rs 5, 58,753 whereas Last year it was Rs 12, 43,101.”

The report also states that, earlier, scrutiny fees and other payments were to be made at 89 different stage or locations with their individual departmental calculation methods.

The report claims that the total time for construction proposals has been reduced to 41 days from the previous 147 days.

According to the report by Chithore, the processes for application, inspection and obtaining of the completion NOC from Chief Fire NOC have been merged into one single procedure, as the applicant can now apply online, receive inspection and download the NOC online, all within 3 days. In this scenario, application, inspection and obtaining the NOC are not separate procedures, as obtaining NOCs does not require any additional effort or involvement from the applicant’s side, therefore, the total days has been reduced by 2 days.

In addition to this, the MCGM has also initiated technological reforms and now allows video clips of sites to be presented by aspiring developers in the ‘before construction’ phase and allowed for the process of self certification by the applicants of building permits. The report also mentioned the newly introduced online registrations under the shops and establishments act where the applicant can complete the registering of their shops by self registration under the act on a real time basis. Interestingly, the inspection would be conducted post registration and for confirmation of business, however, the registration will be cancelled if any wrong or faulty activity is spotted.

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