Maharashtra plans single-window clearance for all housing projects

The State is planning a single-window clearance for different housing projects, similar to the facility already in place for slum rehabilitation projects

The State government is planning to create a single-window clearance for different projects like cluster development and affordable housing, among others. Maharashtra already has a single-window clearance mechanism in place for Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) projects.

"We created one-window clearance for SRA projects, likewise we are creating
one-window clearance for other projects like cluster development, affordable housing etc," said Sachin Ahir, minister of State for housing, Maharashtra.

Further, the State government is also looking at a joint venture with the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) to develop the city's suburbs. Any development under such a joint venture will have a 2.5 floor space index (FSI) on any private plot. It is also looking at developing vital projects in the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) region with MHADA.

The State also came up with a new Act in April 2010 on green housing. This Act is likely to be implemented by August 2010. "With this (Act), we can see future townships becoming eco-friendly; they will use recycled water and solar energy systems. We are also trying to encourage green housing in large townships by granting them additional incentives and FSI. Additional incentives and FSI will also be given for parking spaces," said Mr Ahir.

Further, deemed conveyance will come up in this Assembly session. "(The) Deemed Conveyance Act is in process. The Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry (MCHI) has proposed to us that the Act be revised. However, it cannot be revised. We are open to have a conversation with them. Deemed conveyance will come up in this Assembly session," said Mr Ahir.

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