Panaji: Pointing out that the government collected approximately 216 crore as infrastructure tax from 2009 to 2015, CREDAI - Goa questioned the government's lack of interest in providing necessary infrastructure
like road, water, sewerage and electricity connections to housing and commercial projects. The real estate developer's body also urged the government to implement Regional Plan 2021 in order to avoid confusion in the minds of consumers and real estate developers.
"The infrastructure tax is collected but the government could not keep its commitment and instead builders are asked to pay charges at every level including for transformers," president, CREDAI, Jagannath Prabhudessai said. "The settlement zones are as per the old regional plan but the rules and regulations are based on the new regional plan. Builders don't benefit from any regional plan but a regional plan is necessary for the real estate industry."
Prabhudessai was speaking at the installation programme for the new office bearers of CREDAI Goa. Besides Prabhudessai, who was elected as the president for a second term till 2017, the other office bearers include immediate past president Nilesh Salkar, vice presidents Gaurang Suctancar and Vinay Bhasin, secretary, Jose Braganza, Rama Naik, A. D Prasad and Haroon Ebrahim.
Prabhudessai urged the government to pay heed to the industry's requests particularly since the housing sector was going through a slump. He refused to be drawn into a discussion regarding corruption within the government and the connection with clearances.
Reiterating the point that getting approvals and clearances was a major reason behind delays in completion for the housing industry, Prabhudessai requested the government to put in place a single window clearance system for the industry.