Mumbai: The process of cutting trees for development projects, especially real estate development, will now be faster, as the Urban Development Department has eased the process of granting permission.
A directive issued by the Urban Development Department stated that, in view of Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) ease of doing business 2017 reforms, to facilitate the speed of tree felling permissions under the act, it is mandated that the same inspector will not inspect an establishment consecutively twice.
The Maharashtra (Urban Areas) Protection and Preservation of Trees Act provides for seeking permission for tree felling from the Tree Authority of local authority.
A senior urban development officer said the easing of norms would speed up the process of development of plots where trees come in the way of construction.
Besides, the department has set deadlines for granting permission for buildings under the Maharashtra Right to Services Act, 2015. The building commencement certificate has to be given within 30 days, the plinth checking certificate must be given in seven days and the occupation certificate, which is a very important document for a building, must be granted in eight days.
The permission for tree felling must be given in 45 days and online submission must be inspected within 48 working hours, the department said.