MUMBAI: The legislative assembly passed a bill on Thursday that will enable projects like integrated townships (clubbing together industrial, commercial and residential activities) to get land ownership and non-agriculture certification in 60-90 days. This is expected to speed up development, including 'smart city' projects.
At present, such permissions take two years, which has resulted in hundreds of projects being held up across the state, affecting investment, development and employment.
The passing of the bill is part of the state's 'Make in Maharashtra' campaign, which is along the lines of the Centre's 'Make in India' campaign.
State revenue minister Eknath Khadse said the move is aimed at facilitating 'ease of doing business' in Maharashtra to boost investment. The state recently passed another bill allowing industrial projects to bypass permissions from civic bodies if they are planned in areas under the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC).
Industry sources said the move will bring major relief from bureaucratic red tape, thus helping businessmen to avoid corruption and bring transparency in their dealings with the state. "Both developments will bring in much-needed encouragement to industry," said sources.
While supporting the amendment, NCP leader Jayant Patil said the state should also bring in clarity on civic services as there could be clashes between special townships and existing local bodies.