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Now, ease of doing construction business

New Delhi: Considerable progress has been reported in the matter of ease of doing of construction business in urban areas by streamlining procedures, adoption of appropriate technology and empowering urban local bodies to accord a wide range of approvals. Progress in this regard was reviewed at a high-level meeting convened by Minister of Urban Development and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation M Venkaiah Naidu here today.

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  • Revised national building code to be notified in 2 weeks
  • States and urban local bodies to be empowered to approve building plans promptly
  • 5 ministers and 7 secretaries review progress

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Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapati Raju, Minister of Environment, Forests & Climate Change Prakash Javdekar and Minister of Tourism & Culture Dr Mahesh Sharma also participated in the review meeting. Secretaries of the respective ministries besides those of Urban Development, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation and Consumer Affairs and senior officials from the Prime Minister’s Office and Cabinet Secretariat attended the hour-long review, too.

Colour Coded Zonal Maps (CCZM) for 28 defence airports being used for civilian purposes will be developed for easy sanction of height clearances on the lines of what is being done for civilian airports. To begin with, CCZMs will be evolved for 4 such airports namely Pune, Jamnagar, Chandigarh and Bagdogra by April. The Ministry of Civil Aviation will assist in this regard. Such CCZMs will be shared with municipal bodies for according height clearances.

The Works of Defence Act, 1903, will be suitably amended to remove hurdles for construction activities near defence establishments. Distance from the actual storage point will be considered for restricting the construction instead of from the boundary wall of ammunition storage dumps at present, which will bring down the zone of restriction. Instructions have been issued to service headquarters and those of all defence organizations for sharing information along with maps of restricted zones to municipal bodies.

Area commanders will be required to clear or block constructions in restricted zones in 30 days, failing which approvals would be taken as deemed.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation has reported that applications received by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) for height clearances in airport zones have come down by over 200 per month, thanks to the development of CCZMs for 12 airports that account for 58% of all such applications and making them available to the respective urban local bodies. These airports are Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Guwahati, Amritsar, Bengaluru, Nagpur and Chennai. CCZM for the Jaipur airport has been recently completed.

CCZMs for 9 more airports namely Patna, Bhubaneswar, Ranchi, Aurangabad, Surat, Vijayawada, Thiruvananthapuram and Puducherry will be developed by June and for the remaining 14 major airports by December. This will enable respective urban local bodies accord height clearances in respect of almost all cases, doing away with the need to approach the AAI for the same.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation has also commissioned an improved version of online No Objection Certificate System (NOCAS), eliminating the human interface and enabling faster issuance of NOCs through automatic calculations of permissible heights in airport zones with applicants being able to track the status.

The Ministry of Culture has come out with a mobile based app that enables online approvals for construction in the vicinity of monuments in just 72 hours by integrating websites of the National Monument Authority and those of respective urban local bodies. Time taken at present is about 90 days.

The Prime Minister’s Office wants the integration of websites of the National Monument Authority and those of Delhi and Mumbai to be completed by March.

In association with ISRO, the Ministry of Culture is developing colour coded maps for 281 monuments that account for most of the construction related approvals using which municipal bodies can accord approvals in quick time.

The Ministry of Consumer Affairs has completed its revision of National Building Code, enabling speedy building approvals and the same will be notified in the next two weeks.

The Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change has come out with revised and simplified environmental norms and the same will be notified at the earliest after consultations with the Ministry of Urban Development. Urban local bodies and State governments will be empowered to accord approvals at their level based on their willingness and ability.

The Ministry of Urban Development will soon issue model building bylaws incorporating all revised and simplified norms and processes enabling urban local bodies to approve building plans in quick time there by enhancing the ease of doing construction business in urban areas.

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