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Builder suicide case: Over 7,000 developers join peace march


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Mumbai: Over 7,000 developers today participated in a peace march in neighbouring Thane city organised by real estate developers’ body CREDAI as a mark of respect and solidarity to MCHI Thane President Suraj Parmar who allegedly committed suicide.

CREDAI also closed its construction activity and administrative operations today. “The developers walked against the corrupt and inefficient government system to bring justice to Parmar and ensure that necessary steps are taken by the government to stop corruption and bring ease of doing business. Besides this, operations at sites came to a standstill,” Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Association of India (CREDAI) said in a statement.

The developers marched up to Thane Municipal Corporation where a letter was handed over to the (municipal) commissioner requesting authorities to look into Parmar’s suicide, it said. CREDAI further said an appeal was also made to resolve indictment of the system and highlight issues such as endemic delays in getting approvals, deliberate delays in implementing government policy, among others.

“CREDAI has consistently sought rationalisation of approval processes and single-window system and the demand has been approved in principle by a number of committees. However, action is yet to be seen,” it said. The realty body also appealed to the government to develop an atmosphere of trust that will enable a spirit of partnership, to ensure that such episodes never recur and the ‘ease of doing business’ can become a reality.

On October 7, Parmar, CMD of the Cosmos Group allegedly committed suicide as he was fed up of alleged harassment from various government departments and their repeated demands for bribes.After the incident, a delegation of builders led by Thane Guardian Minister Eknath Shinde, MLAs Pratap Sarnaik and Mangalprabhat Lodha met Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and demanded action against those named in the suicide note.

Meanwhile, CREDAI Western UP unit also organised a peace march in Noida Sec-63 where over 100 developers participated and handed over a memorandum to the Uttar Pradesh government. They also handed over a memorandum to Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kiran S, District Magistrate NP Singh and Chairman of Gautam Budh Nagar Rama Raman.

“It is very shocking to know that a cruel and inept system took the life of a renowned realty icon. He paid the cost by giving up his life for an inefficient and corrupt system,” CREDAI NCR President Manoj Gaur said.

CREDAI and its members also closed down their offices today to protest against the widespread corrupt practises in the system. “Our protest march is a plea to the government that they create an environment of trust and cooperation. We hope that this kind of incident would never occur again in future and that government will take strict actions to overcome the weaknesses of our system,” Gaur said.

In Nashik also, CREDAI members shut the work and closed their offices. A delegation led by CREDAI’s local unit president Jayesh Thakker met district collector Dipendra Singh Kushwah and handed a memorandum demanding strict action against the guilty.