Builders criticizes Cidco for delaying Naina housing projects
NAVI MUMBAI: One of the city’s leading developer, Ashok Chhajer of Arihant Group, has alleged that Cidco officials in charge of Naina project have been creating hurdles for realty projects, leading to delays and economic losses.
Another leading builder Rajesh Prajapati, who is a member of Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry (MCHI), said that real estate projects in other areas in Raigad district are quickly cleared by the district collectorate officials.
Chhajer said, “Our main concern is that the state government’s main objective of giving affordable housing to all is being disrespected by some of the officers, resulting in non-availability of housing stock.”
He added that they have been struggling to get approvals for their projects under Naina, even after getting environmental clearances and NOCs from PWD, Health, Gram Panchayat and other departments. This is forcing them to make unnecessary changes in the project designs. “The government’s affordable housing scheme, in which the state is to get 1,474 housing units worth Rs 150 crore for the common man, has also been delayed. We are neither breaking any rules nor asking for extra FSI; so why are we suffering,” said Chhajer.
However, Cidco officials said that they are not harassing any builders lobby and are strictly going by the given provisions required to clear housing projects under Naina. “If there are any mistakes in the layout designs and other issues, then the builders have been told to come back with the revised plans for approvals,” said a Cidco spokesperson.
In the last three years, there have been 251 applications under Naina, out of which 29 have been cleared by Cidco.