By Accommodation Times News Service
The municipal corporation of Mumbai has decided to grade the developers of the city according to their work. The one who completes their work will get higher grade
The Brihan Mumbai Municipal Corporation will rank the builders and architects on the basis of their completed projects and will share the details in public domain to help the buyers buy property. Now the governing body has decided to grade them according to their work so as to the buyers don’t have to go by the perception of the agents, builders or architects while buying their homes. BMC says, it is very difficult for the customers to verify any property as they don’t have any proper mechanism that can tell all the rules were followed during construction.
One of the officials who claimed anonymous said the civic officials are working on the entire gamut of criteria that they need to include in the grading system. After finalizing the required standards they will put it on the building proposal page of the civic authority’s website within a month.
Civic commissioner Ajoy Mehta said, builders and architects who stick with their first submitted plan follow the rules and complete a project on time will get a higher grade. Others who changed building plans after starting work and introduced changes that delayed projects just to make more profits can be compared with lower grades. The grading will be according to the compliances and regulations. Most importantly these grades won’t be on their reputed names or earlier records; it will be purely on their present ongoing projects.
Officials said, that this is very important as some builders avoids criminal action despite committing serious violations, many illegal constructions have piled up in the city further probe showed more than 6,000 building proposal files containing original building proposal, changes made and other approved plan details were missing. Officials suspected there were some violation or the other in all the projects but could not establish it. Now, the grading system will ensure that the background of every builder and architect is known to buyers. “It’s a good initiative. But rating architects is complex. Builders hire established architects to design buildings, and another set to deal with the files in the BMC. On record, the BMC identifies architects dealing with them. Then how is BMC going to rate the designing architects who plan the building projects?” asked Shirish Sukhatme, of PEATA (Practicing Engineers, Architects and Town Planners Associations).