Constructions to get easier environmental clearance as NOC not required                           

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CREDAI Pune Metro’s follow up brings success

 Pune: Now, there is no need to approach state government to obtain NOC (No Objection Certificate) for constructions. The Centre has decentralized the authority to bring ease in the approvals for the construction and supervise its implementation. The authority has been passed to the local bodies instead of state government now. The Centre has brought out a gazette notification to this effect. The continuous follow up by CREDAI with the Central government has bore fruit through this decision.

“This decision will facilitate handing over property to the consumers on time. Earlier the complex procedure would make the completion of construction projects time-consuming. It was also inconvenient for the consumers as well. The office bearers of CREDAI had followed-up several times with then Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar to make the process easier. Kumar Gera, Satish Magar, Manish Kaneria, Sarvesh Javadekar, I. P. Inamdar, Akhil Agarwal, Manish Sabade and Suhas Merchant had pursued this issue time and again. The decision came only because of Javadekar’s initiative”, said elated Shantilal Kataria, President of the CREDAI Pune Metro who is also a member of the National Environment Committee.

With this decision by the Centre, the responsibility of protecting the environment and taking care of its implementation will be on Municipal Corporations. The State Government has been ordered to change the construction rules of local bodies to implement this decision immediately. Not only this, all constructions with more than 5000 sq. mtrs. have been asked to obtain this certificate which was 20,000 sq. mtrs. earlier. It was mandatory to get NOC from Environment Ministry for the construction license on more than 20,000 sq. mtrs. area. A separate committee headed by Environment Ministry was formed at the state level for this purpose. Hence, the builders had to get NOC from that department while getting license for the construction. This process was time-consuming. In addition, there existed no effective system to look after the implementation of the terms and conditions. However, this decision will give huge boost to the construction sector.

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Responsibilities on Local Bodies:

Local Bodies should set up separate department for giving this certificate.

Experts from solid waste, energy, construction material, water conservation, air and traffic sector should be included in this department.

Before giving completion certificate after the completion of construction, checking must be done whether terms and conditions have been implemented.

The responsibilities for this should be entrusted to this department.