Mumbai: The real estate lobby, Confederation of Real Estate Developers Associations of India (Credai), plans to focus on affordable housing, green buildings and skill development among construction workers.

“The task force report on affordable housing is already with the government and we will impress upon the concerned departments to facilitate its implementation." said Lalit Kumar Jain, newly elected chairman of Credai.

Credai has been campaigning for streamlining the approval processes across the country. “In fact, the centre should issue guidelines to states regarding online approvals and single window system," he said, pointing out that the states such as Punjab which have implemented a single window system are doing very well.

A plan panel, which was set up last year under former Competition Commission of India chairman Dhanendra Kumar to streamline the approvals procedure for real estate projects, has recommended the single-window clearance model.

The Economic Times on 12 March reported that the committee is expected to submit its final report by the end of the month.

Referring to the delays in approvals from the environment ministry, Jain said “A lot needs to be done for speedy approvals so that projects do not get held up indefinitely."

Mint on 29 March reported on delays in Mumbai real estate projects due to tougher environment norms and rules linking building height to road width.

“Credai will focus on educating the fellow developer community on developing green buildings, using non-conventional energy sources and water conservation. Recycling of water for flushing and gardening purposes should automatically be part of all new projects, “ said Credai’s national president C. Shekar Reddy.

On skill development, he said that the industry would need close to 40 million skilled workers on an incremental basis in next 10 years or so.

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