New Delhi: Seeking to promote construction activity in urban areas, the Government today decided to substantially reduce the number of approvals and No Objections required for taking up construction projects in urban areas through rationalization. Ministers and Secretaries of seven related ministers held extensive discussions on the current system of according approvals and the way forward at a meeting convened by the Minister of Urban Development and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu. The suggestion of Shri Naidu to ensure all approvals with in 30 days from the date of application formed the basis of discussion.
Besides Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu, Civil Aviation Minister Shri P.Ashok Gajapati Raju and Minister of Environment & Forests and Climate Change Shri Prakash Javadekar and Secretaries of Urban Development, HUPA, Civil Aviation, Culture, Defence, Environment & Forests and Climate Change and Consumer Affairs participated in the deliberations that lasted more than an hour. Dr.Nandita Chatterjee, Secretary(HUPA) informed the Ministers that at present 30-50 approvals were required to be taken from central and state governments resulting in an average approval time of 90 – 600 days for construction projects. She said that based on the parameters of Procedures, Cost and Time taken for approvals, India is ranked 182 among 185 countries, adversely impacting investments.