From ET Realty
MUMBAI: Addressing the issues raised by restaurants, hotels, medical stores and small-scale industry owners , the BMC has reduced the number of no-objection certificates required by them to run their business from 72 to 51. This exercise, which is part of the ease-of-doing-business initiative, is primarily aimed at reducing corruption in the civic body.
The BMC has also reduced the number of levels a file goes through before being cleared from five to three.
Members of the Indian Hotel and Restaurant Association had recently met municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta and demanded that civic officials should not directly act against them for any violations. They told him that civic officials deliberately delayed files and pressured them to pay bribe.
In the last one year, the state government has carried out 40 key changes in rules and laws to make it easy for industries to set up base in Maharashtra, including increasing FSI from 0.2 to 1 for setting up industries on agricultural land and in no-development zones, introducing random risk-based inspection and self-certification for labour and environment clearances, discontinuing the industrial location policy for the Mumbai Metropolitan Region and allowing shops to remain open till 10 pm.