Housing approvals will soon come within 60 days in Delhi and Mumbai

Venkaiah Naidu, Union Minister of Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation have confirmed that housing approvals in Delhi and Mumbai will come within 60 days. The notification for the model approval process in Delhi and Mumbai is expected soon.

In an interview with Magicbricks, he said that there will be an online process through which applications will be sent and approvals will come in 60 days. Even in some case, if that approval doesn’t come through, the owner or developer can file an affidavit and start construction. Efforts are on to implement the process across the country.

He also thinks that the whole country needs to follow this and trying to implement this, the centre has invited all states for a discussion on these issues on February 28, 2017 in Delhi.

Metropolises such as Bengaluru, Pune and Noida are under scrutiny and comprehensive plans are being drawn to build better infrastructure. The Centre is facilitating creation of funds for urban local bodies in states to make cities more livable.

"We are taking into account the water supply, roads, etc., and creating a five-year development plan," Naidu told Magicbricks, while talking about Bengaluru, Pune and Noida. State participation is key to achieving adequate infrastructure and infrastructure is the essence of realising the 'Housing for All 2022' dream.

Naidu said that affordable housing will be a success only when states perform. Around 23,000 houses lie vacant in Delhi alone because of lack of infrastructure.

"Where there are people there are no houses and now there are houses with nobody residing in them. It is a grave problem," said Naidu.

The main infrastructure concern areas are drainage, sewage, main roads, byroads, rain water drainage, maintenance of water bodies, etc.
It is a joint effort by the Centre, states and local bodies.