Project Clearance, MCHI Demands Expert Panels

Project clearance has to be done responsibly and by the experts. Seeking a solution for irresponsible project clearance cases, MCHI sought two expert panels.

It seems that the Thane Building collapse has shaken the builders and developers in Maharashtra. After the incident, it was reported that the project clearance was granted to the builder violating many of the building norms.

This might be reason why the developers have sought two expert panels for project clearance procedures. The builders believe that if the project clearance is done through the experts, they would remain responsible for the building collapses.

Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry also met Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan. The body also requested the CM to appoint two expert panels, dispersing the high-rise committee.

The expert panel would mainly include some experts. Some structural engineers will also be included in the panel.

Some builders, meeting the CM, informed him that the current project clearance method is too lengthy and time consuming. It is a burden for us, CREDAI members informed Mr. Chavan.

Another serious issue conveyed to the CM was the inefficiency of the fire safety department. In cases of building with heights above 70m, the department is not able to reach the top.

The builders alleged that there were various projects waiting for the clearance for a long while.

Under the current project clearance process, the panel is to examine the quality of the soil where the project is proposed to be erected. However this is not followed in many of the cases. This is one of the main reasons why building collapses take place.

Stability of the structure and the fire-safety norms are also to be considered. The committee can approve the project only after this.

Assuring the developers, Chavan said that he will discuss the matter with both environment and forest ministries. CM guaranteed that he would ask these ministries to take steps to clear the projects as soon as possible.