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Doing business in Maharashtra is becoming easier

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When Maharashtra Government found that it has been placed in the 8th position in top 10 list by the World bank, it put its act together and decided to get close to top rankings this year.

On 4th May an esteemed panel comprising of Mr Shailendra Singh, IAS Joint Secretary DIPP, Govt of India, Mr Ajoy Mehta, Municipal Commissioner, MCGM, Mr. Swadheen Kshatriya, Chief Secretary, Govt of Maharashtra, Mr Apurva Chandra, Principal Secretary (Industries), Government of Maharashtra, Shri Apurva Chandra Principal Secretary (Industries), Government of India and Mr. Nitin Potdar, discussed the initiatives planned and implemented till now.

The focus was to eliminate unnecessary laws and regulations and make bureaucratic processes more transparent, easier and shorter, thereby reducing the impediments in all the policies, procedures and rules to simplify and make the environment more investor friendly and support them to ‘Make in Maharashtra’.


Mr. Ajoy Mehta explained how that new reforms by BMC, will reduce road digging which is one of the major painpoints in Mumbai.

India has already ascended 12 places on World Bank’s ease of doing business ranking and today it ranks 130 out of 189 countries in the Ease of Doing Business Report, moving up four places from 134 in 2015. India’s rank has improved in ‘starting a business’, ‘dealing with construction permit’ and ‘getting electricity’ indicators and Maharashtra Government has decided to do its bit.

“Me and my team have personally spearheaded the ‘ease of doing business’ campaign and brought in many change like reducing the number of approvals like environment clearance, Pollution control, etc. MSME application has been reduced from 22 pages to 1 page online. New designated courts have been setup. Third party certification now possible in Boilers act. All electricity connections can be done online and installation in 15 days. Our online single window website ebiz.gov.in is one of the best in the world.”

— Mr. Shailendra Singh