Dedicated team set up to clear builder plans at Thane

Article from ET Realty

THANE: District collector Ashwini Joshi on Tuesday said developers pandering to the demands for a second home in the rural pockets of Thane should stop deviating from the original plans and avoid amalgamation of non-agriculture plots with the farm lands.

The IAS officer was speaking in an open house session with the builders and developers fraternity at the Town Hall on Tuesday. The session was being organized to find administrative solutions to the concerns of the builder’s fraternity to the growing red-tape and corruption in the government departments for minor sanctions.

Joshi said there is ample evidence to the fact that permissions and plans sanctioned for second home projects in the hinterland have subsequently been changed unilaterally.

She also announced a string in administrative reforms to reduce red-tape and ensure time-bound sanctions for securing approvals for various real estate development projects in the district including sourcing a title clearance certificate by setting up a dedicated help desk. Prominent builders from the lake city and the district were apprised of the various administrative reforms made for ensuring ease of business in the district at an interactive meet with the collector on Tuesday. Developers with projects in the city and district had voiced their concerns about the lack of clarity in terms of approvals required for development.

A major hindrance faced by several developers was sourcing the classification certificate of land title required after the earlier non-agriculture conversion clearance was removed last year, said a developer present at the meeting. “We have set up a dedicated team to help the developers in securing mandatory approvals within a time bound period. We also appeal the developers and their teams to ensure the files submitted are complete in all respects,” Joshi said.

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