Maharashtra government slashes permissions for hospitality projects from 70 to 41

Fadnavis says reforms for ease of doing business will curtail cumbersome red tapism & delays, directs officials to bring down permissions to 34 in a month

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:November 6, 2016 2:49 am
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The state government slashed the cumbersome process of multiple permissions required for project approval from 70 to 41 to promote the hospitality sector. Thus, taking ahead its policy reforms to ease doing business in Maharashtra.

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Taking the decision at a meeting on Saturday, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis further directed the departments to work out a plan to further bring down the permissions from 41 to 34 in a month, as part of his exercise to get rid of the permit raj and simplify procedures for entrepreneurs in the state.

The rationalisation of permissions, licenses and applications had become necessary to check the complex procedures and inordinate delays across sectors. The meeting further outlined the objectives of curtailing the permission procedures. The decision aims at boosting the investments and promote hospitality industry, including hotels, tourism, transportation related projects.

The state has also emphasised on the need for integrated approach where civic authorities, revenue, excise, environment and urban development departments come together so individuals or groups willing to set up new ventures are not subjected to red-tapism.

As per the laid norms, it was mandatory for those setting up projects to file atleast 70 applications to get permission for licences/approvals in the hospitality sector. These applications have now been brought down to 12.

“There should be a single master application form to give all these permissions/approvals. And these should be brought on the right to service (RTS) platform,” said the CM.

In August 2015, the government had announced to permit raj. However, he had strongly underlined that procedural simplification should not be construed as a passport to do violate the business laws. To the contrary, ease of doing business would demand greater accountability and transparency, he said.

Today, decision is a step towards tapping the immense potential in hospitality sector in Maharashtra. The government has declared Visit Maharashtra-2017, to exhibit its unknown destinations to outside world for which it is working to get greater investments and entrepreneurs in niche sectors.