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Kochi: The move from the state government for a corruption-free construction sector by making permission mandatory for builders in each phase of construction works is viewed by many with caution. As per the new directive, a builder should seek permission from the concerned authorities during every stage of construction to move to the next phase.
Earlier, vigilance tabled a report before the government regarding inspections conducted by them in local self-governing bodies in Kerala. They suggested bringing the new system to make the sector corruption-free. However, organisations in the construction sector warned that the new system could increase corruption instead of reducing it.
Earlier, during the tenure of MV Govindan Master as LSG Minister, there were firm moves on the part of the government to implement the new directive.
According to government, the new system is an effective way to prevent illegal constructions. The government has clarified that officials will visit and inspect each stage of construction and grant permission for the next stage to ensure that laws are followed.
But constructors pointed out that having to go for permission at each stage will increase corruption at the official level. They alleged that builders could be forced to pay bribe to officials for granting permission after the end of each stage of construction.
Meanwhile, applying online for government permission in the construction sector has become tiresome due to technical glitches. The green channel system introduced by the government has also collapsed. However, the builder can only avail bank loans after getting the approved certificate for construction.