Real estate builders body, Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI)-Haryana chapter has urged the government to reduce the External development charges (EDC) in urban areas.
EDC is paid to the government for development of external infrastructure including roads, sewerage, drainage, green belts, open areas and related infrastructure.
Newly elected President of CREDAI-Haryana Kushagr Ansal, says, “EDC in the state of Haryana is very high and a representation for the rationalisation of the same should be made. The EDC should be payable in interest-free installments as the works required to be undertaken for EDC are not complete on the date of the license.”
Speaking on the EDC relief policy, Ansal adds that the current extension of EDC relief policy is not a favorable policy anymore.
The builder association of Haryana chapter insisted that EDC should be payable in progress related development linked installment. This is an important issue and the same is to be taken up along with EDC rationalisation and interest waiver on installments. The EDC breakup or component and duplicity of components were also discussed and it was mentioned that besides duplicity in the components of EDC, there is a component of admin expense equivalent to 49 per cent.
The cross-linking is also an issue faced by developers in Gurugram. Currently, the government has cross-linked the EDC dues of a particular developer and not issuing any new license to a developer if there are EDC dues against existing licenses. CREDAI-Haryana believes that cross-linking of EDC dues is detrimental to the working in the state.
The newly elected executive council members also expressed concern over 24 m road issue. “Currently, no 24-meter roads are being developed in the new sectors leading to lack of access and non-completion of infrastructure. We have sent a proposal to HUDA stating that they could issue permission to realign the roads and where possible, steps should be taken up by the concerned department so that these roads can be made inside the sector to provide the much-needed access and enable the laying of infrastructure,” says Pankaj Goel, Vice President, CREDAI-Haryana.
As a result, many infrastructure projects, particularly sector roads and related civic works, are pending in new Gurgaon sectors where projects have come up. The infrastructure status in the region impacts all projects that are in the first phase of launch or under construction.
The Occupancy Certificate for the residential projects is not issued by the authority where these 24 m roads are not made, even when the license was given by the state and all dues have been paid.
Department is not issuing completion for built-up units on NPNL plots even where the building plans were sanctioned by the department.
The need for extension in completion time for schools and community facilities was also discussed in the meeting. Currently, the time for completion of the community facilities in all licenses is February 4, 2018, or six years from the date of license whichever is later, irrespective of the development of infrastructure, level of habitation, etc.
The residential asset class has cornered a large share of the total investments through most of 2017, thanks to the growing confidence in this asset class. The Implementation of many economic reforms like RERA and GST promise to make Indian residential real estate even more transparent than ever before.