Civic bodies’ efforts better India’s World Bank ranking

Ease of doing business rankings improved from 77 to 63

Efforts to streamline issuance of construction permits by the municipal corporations of Delhi helped improve India’s position in the World Banks’ latest ease of doing business rankings, published on Thursday, where it put India in the 63rd position compared to 77 last year.

As part of the overall country rankings, the ease of obtaining construction permits are pegged on the ability to obtain such permits in Delhi and Mumbai.

“India [Delhi] streamlined the process, reduced the time and cost of obtaining construction permits, and improved building quality control by strengthening professional certification requirements. India [Mumbai] streamlined the process of obtaining a building permit and made it faster and less expensive to get a construction permit” the report states.

Construction permits are taken into account as the simplicity and transparency involved in getting them are key in allowing businesses to expand and build new and safe infrastructure, the report argues. With regard to rankings based on construction permits alone, the position of Delhi’s civic bodies improved from 52 to 27 this year.

The nodal agency for Delhi’s civic bodies in this regard, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation in a statement said that the World Bank had finalised the rankings based on 200 parameters based on regular visits to the building department, by taking minute feedback from the applicants and the stakeholders involved.

The improvement was possible due to concerted efforts during the last three years which helped in reduction in the number of processes, simplification of the application form, a common online application form, minimisation of number of documents, putting an end to interface with the building department and visits to 12 different agencies, reduction in costs, drastic reduction in sanction time and other facilities.

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