Alleging that the process of getting a real-estate project cleared in Ahmedabad had got “longer and expensive”, the members of the city chapter of the Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India (CREDAI) Friday said they had filed RTIs to understand the workings of local bodies like Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation and Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (AUDA).
The builder’s body — Gujarat Institute of Housing and Estate Developers (GIHED) — alleged that both the local bodies in Ahmedabad have been charging “sky-high” rates for providing “paid-Floor Space Index (FSI)” which any developer can purchase as per the government’s ready reckoner rates (known as jantri in Gujarat) and utilise it for construction. “The process of clearing our plans have slowed down considerably during the last three years. The approval of our plans that usually used to take three months is now taking six months,” Dipak Patel, president of GIHED, told reporters.
The builders alleged that the state government has been charging 40 percent more than the prevailing jantri rates for the paid FSI. Sandip Patel, secretary of GIHED, said, “Apart from the paid FSI, we also have to pay a number of other charges for the same piece of land.”
Dipak Patel said, “These days the government is not even approving the town planning schemes. We’ve tried getting an appointment with the CM, who also holds the urban development portfolio, to no avail.”