The Maharashtra government seems to be under pressure from the World Bank and Centre to improve the global ‘Ease of Doing Business’ ranking. But in its haste to speed up construction permission, it has evoked incredulity and smirks in the real estate industry.
The latest is a notification from the State Urban Development Department, allowing architects to self-certify and approve their own projects instead of rushing to the civic administration with their proposals. Bizarrely, such buildings that can be approved are only ground-plus-one storey structures, which has caused much mirth among Mumbai architects who mostly design highrises in the city.
“The proposal shall be only on vacant plot and it shall not be affected by buffer zones of Railways, MMRDA, defence, coastal regulation zone etc,” said the notification. The process of plinth checking and monitoring of the work will be the responsibility of architects. The architect will be authorised to issue approval plans and approval letter with digital signature. The architect needs to submit periodical site progress and inspection report to the BMC. On completion of work, the architect will submit the completion plans to the BMC. They will be held responsible in case of any building violation or deviation from the approved plan.