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Mangaluru: Thane builder's death - CREDAI closes in protest, demands govt reforms

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP/DV)

Mangaluru, Oct 13: Members of the Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI) are holding a protest on Tuesday October 13 by closing down their offices and suspending all construction activities. This is being organized as a mark of respect for Suraj Parmar from Thane, Maharashtra who sacrificed his life in his fight against corruption and inefficient system, and also in protest against the deficiencies in the current administrative system.

Suraj Parmar, who belonged to the one of the prestigious construction firms from Maharashtra, Cosmos Group, committed suicide on October 7. In a letter left behind, he had explained about various problems being faced by construction firms.

Addressing a press meet here on Tuesday October 13, CREDAI's city unit president, D B Mehta, said that the real estate business is currently suffering from many deficiencies in the system, namely, the 'endemic delays in getting approavals, plans getting rejected with retrospective effect, political interference, deliberate delays in implementing government policy, subjecting on-going projects to whimsical regulations, retrospective application of new rules and regulations, and unaffordable demands for bribes from officials and victimization for defying the bribe payment'.

"To build afforadable houses, we need to have affordable borrowing and affordable approval process system in time and single window system. In Karnataka, nearly 20 permits are required before starting a project. Sometimes we have to wait for three years to get clearances, and go to Bengaluru to seek some of the permits. The government should bring in reforms in the system and deal with officers who demand bribes.

"We face exorbitant costs today due to cost of land, construction and other costs. Reforms should be brought in to speed up the process and the system should be digitalized," he said.

"CREDAI is a responsible body and in this hour of grief, as a mark of respect and solidarity to our fellow developer the late Suraj Parmar, our nationwide member developers will protest with closure of officers, site offices, registration and construction work on Tuesday. A memorandums would be submitted to MLA J R Lobo, district deputy commissioner A B Ibrahim, city corporation commissioner Dr H N Gopalakrishna, city mayor Jacinta Vijay Alfred, and Mangalore Urban Development Authority commissioner Muhammed Nazeer," he said.

"CREDAI-Mangaluru and its members make fervent appeal to the district administration to develop an atmosphere of trust and workig together in a spirit of partnership for the development of the city to ensure that there is no such unfortunate event in Mangaluru. This is possible only if the 'ease of doing business' becomes a reality," Mehta said.

Comment on this article

  • vivek fernandes, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 13 2015

    My deepest condolences to the family of Mr Suraj Parmar.But what i would suggest to the members of CREDAI is get together and make a system wherein the builders are not regularly harassed by various departments like service tax,sales tax and income tax.there should be a system to check in the regular harassment faced by builders all over India.i personally feel if a stop is not put into this irregular system a lot of incidents will continue to occur in the near future to come.why can't these same laws be applicable to politicians also why is it for one section of builders that are being targeted.we are here to provide affordable housing but not to be hung by govt officials with regular taxation poilcies which are restricted to only builders and business class.there are thousands of crores black money stashed in foreign countries get that money first then we will not have issues of taxation and we can have a healthier and better country called INDIA with pride.right now we are only a frustrated bunch of people who are just fighting with the policies of the government with no positive results.time to bring a change either collectively or single handed choice is yours guys.

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  • Valerian D'souza, Udupi / Mumbai

    Tue, Oct 13 2015

    It is important to have WORKING chamber of commerce for each industry.
    They should take up cases where there are unfair practices, from whomsoever it may be.
    No industry will survive, unless their COC working for survival of their member at the ERA of exploitation.

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  • Valerian D'souza, Udupi / Mumbai

    Thu, Oct 15 2015

    Each Industry should have a COC,
    Each Industry should have a uniform SOP
    Each Industry should have an uniform Accounting system,
    To represent well with Govt authorities.

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  • Mumtaz Hussain, Doha, Qatar

    Tue, Oct 13 2015

    FOLLOW THE UAE OR QATAR'S ONLINE SINGLE WINDOW SYSTEM BUILDING PERMIT AND ISSUE OF OCCUPANCY CERTIFICATE. FOOL PROOF. no corruption, no interference of politicians or bureaucrats or high command order

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  • Valerian D'souza, Udupi / Mumbai

    Tue, Oct 13 2015

    True! If we really want to implement good policies, don't have to invent something like rocket technology.
    Several good, systems tested over the period of time, implemented successfully in the world are available.
    We just have to implement and follow them consistently!
    What we need is political will power to implement.

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