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Builders Welcome Plan To Get Rid Of Environmental Clearance Norm

Author: 1stKeys

NASHIK: The Confederation of Real Estate Developers' Association of India (Credai) Nashik has welcomed the centre's proposal to exempt builders from requirement of getting an environmental clearance from the Centre. The proposal was discussed by the union environment minister Prakash Javadekar during the Make in Maharashtra summit held in Mumbai, recently.

According to the builders, this formality often delays projects by two to three years. If the proposal is finalised, builders will only have to get the necessary environmental clearance from local authorities.

During the event Make in Maharashtra event Javadekar said, "we have decided to speed up the projects approval process without compromising the environment conditions. The construction firms get building plan approvals from municipal corporations or local authorities, but they have to get environment clearance from another window of the central government. Hence, we are planning to close this window of the environment ministry, so that they will be able to get necessary permissions from local authorities".

Presently, getting environmental clearances from the Ministry of Environment of the central government is mandatory for all construction projects spread over 20,000 sq metres. Jayesh Thakkar, the president of Credai Nashik said, "This is really a good announcement and we welcome it. It takes around two-three years to get environment clearance from the central government, which not only delays the projects but also increase the cost of the project. We have been demanding that the centre relax the rules of environment clearance through central government's window. We hope it will be implemented at the earliest."

During the Make in Maharashtra summit Javadekar also added that this will hlep clear up a deadlock of paperwork, "Thousands of files were pending for years together when I took over the ministry. We gave approvals with complete transparency and tried to avoid delays. We also standardised the process and made things transparent. Approvals were given to 943 construction projects awaiting environment clearances for the past two-three years that were worth Rs 6.75 lakh crore".

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