New Delhi: The government will ease the process of granting approvals in line with its larger objective of improving the ease of doing business in India.

The aim is to grant approvals related to a project as early as in 30 days and that too online, said minister of urban development M. Venkaiah Naidu.

“We are taking issue of ease of approvals very seriously," minister of urban development Venkaiah Naidu said, calling it a very important aspect of improving the ease of doing business.

Naidu said he had met with his colleagues in ministries including aviation, culture, transport, consumer affairs and transport and had “agreed that we have to come out with a plan to give entire approval within 30 days."

The minister added the government wants “no human touch, no hand-to-hand connection in approvals because we all know what transpires in between. We want to avoid that."

The minister was referring to graft in grant of approvals through direct contact between project developers and ministries.

Naidu said the government will also be focusing on how to make the best use of available land, especially in Delhi, where a lot of space in government offices is devoted to parking of vehicles.

“The Prime Minister wants to consolidate government offices where entire Central Secretariat complex is in one building. He was telling me that one should just take a card, show the card, go inside and exit from other side and submit the card," Naidu said.

He added that a problem in India is that new ideas are not easily accepted.

Laying emphasis on decongesting cities, Naidu said the only way to beat traffic woes was to look at permanent measures like use of more public transportation like buses, metro, monorails, ring roads and elevated highways.

Initiatives such as the odd-even road-rationing scheme in New Delhi, conducted in two phases in January and April, are just temporary measures, he said. The scheme allowed cars with licence plates ending in odd and even numbers to ply on the city’s roads on alternate days.

Naidu spoke to reporters after laying the foundation stone, along with transport minister Nitin Gadkari for the first automatic parking lot at a Central government office, to be built by Swiss firm Sotefin SA.

Naidu said the importance of easing the approval process was realized when it took nine months for the proposed parking complex to win various clearances -- the same time it will take for the developer to construct it.

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