In the state of Maharashtra, it will now become possible for the real estate developers to get occupation certificate (OC) within eight days, building commencement certificate within 30 days and plinth-checking certificate within seven days. This is do because the urban development department led by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday has made it obligatory on the department to grant the certificates within the stipulated time limits mentioned above.
Further, as per an official order under the Maharashtra Right to Public Services Act, 2015, permission for tree-felling, in accordance with the provision of the Maharashtra (Urban Areas) Protection and Preservation of Trees Act, 1975, will have to be granted within 45 days and online submission of inspection report in case of building permission, plinth-checking, occupation and tree-felling will have to be delivered within 48 hours from actual inspection of site.
On April 20, 2016, the urban development department had notified public services, along with designated officers, first- and second-appellate authorities and stipulated time limits for such public services.
A senior bureaucrat said that revision of time limits is a logical consequence of the ambitious plan drafted by the NDA government to provide basic services in a time-bound period, and also improve the ease of doing business assessment. Ever since Fadnavis took over the reins in October 2014, he had promised to bring in a comprehensive legislation for right to public services. "It is an attempt to provide corruption-free and transparent administration. It is also for the first time that legislation has been enacted to provide public services. It's a well-known fact; it's very difficult to secure an occupation certificate in a municipal corporation. I am sure, with the revised limits, securing OC will be hassle-free," he said.