Stressing on the need to build quality, safe and affordable houses for all, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has termed “affordable housing” as an essential requirement in the time to come.

“The state government approved 100 town planning schemes in 2018. 400 TP schemes are pending clearance. We plan to clear the backlog and also finalize new schemes for well-planned development. The government has also approved development plans of 10 cities,” he was quoted as saying by The Times of India.

“Several decisions such as online approvals to building plans, issuance of non-agriculture (NA) certificate online, implementation of Common General Development Control Regulations (GDCR) and simplification RERA rules are in the interest of the real estate industry and developers,” said Rupani.

“There are initial hiccups when new systems are put in place and government is working to resolve the problems. However, it has become a fashion to obstruct such changes,” he added.

As far as Online Development Permission System (ODPS) is concerned, he made it clear that the developers will have to shift back to online system as offline approvals are allowed only temporarily till technical problems in ODPS are resolved.

“The goods and services tax (GST) for construction sector is likely to be reduced in next GST council on Saturday,” he said.