In a bid to woo the builders lobby, Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan on Monday offered a number of sops and assured them speedy approvals and faster clearances from the government for real estate projects.
In a 90-minute marathon meeting chaired by Chavan himself and attended by prominent builders from the Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry, the chief minister assured all the help that was required to boost the real estate sector. The meeting was attended by municipal commissioners from number of civic bodies in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region and senior urban development department officials.
“We discussed a lot of issues that were affecting the real estate sector. The chief minister has assured us of speedy approvals and sort out all matters that are crucial for our industry, including speedier environment clearances,” Vimal Shah, president of the Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry, said.
Chavan also assured uniformity in development control rules, faster on-line clearances and to solve a host of issues that lead to problems during a project, he said. “It was a positive meeting like we always have with him. But we have experienced that nothing happens after it... let’s see what happens this time,” a prominent builder said.
dna reported in its Monday edition how in his obsession to keep a clean image, Chavan has kept builders and industrialists at arm’s length, leading to problems in generating funds for the party.
Traditionally, the Congress has depended on whoever is its CM in Maharashtra, which has 48 Lok Sabha seats, to generate funds for the organisation. Mumbai is the country’s commercial capital and has always helped raise funds.
The meeting was significant because the Congress has lost the support of developers and the diamond and jewellers community in the city. And ahead of elections in five states and impending Lok Sabha elections, Congress is desperately looking for funds. The buzz is the Congress government in Maharashtra has been given a target of Rs3,000 crore to be generated as party fund.
Monday’s meeting was scheduled at 4pm but it was deferred twice. As a result several developers from Navi Mumbai and Thane left even before the meeting started.
“We do not have any hopes from him. He could not do anything in the last three years. What is he going to do now?” asked a prominent developer from Navi Mumbai.