Mumbai : Urban development department (UDD) has taken lead in defining services under the new Right to Services Act and all the municipal councils across the state would start implementing the Act for the defined services by July 15, a senior official from the department told FPJ here on Monday.

The State government promulgated the ordinance for the Right to Services Act in the month of April. But, various departments are at different levels of identifying the number of services that would come under the law. In all, 150 services are expected to be identified under the Act of which 85 would be provided online.

While the UDD has issued orders to identify 15 services under the act, the revenue and the rural development are the two departments which are yet to come out with such orders. The revenue department has identified the services to put under the Act and would come out with corresponding orders sometime next week, the sources have said. But, the progress at rural development department in this regard is not up to the mark, a senior official commented.

According to the orders released by the UDD, the 15 services they have identified to be given under the Act cover 65% of the people coming to municipal corporations, councils and municipalities.

The orders make it compulsory for local bodies to give birth and death certificates within three days. Details of property tax and no due certificate too should be given within three days. The order also makes it mandatory to give transfer certificate for property in 15 days, new water and sewage connection within 15 days, occupation certificate within a month and construction permission within 60 days. The no objection certificate from fire safety department can now be obtained within a week and a final certificate in this regard can be obtained within 15 days, the orders say.

To be able to avail all these services in stipulated time period, all the relevant documents will have to be submitted. The order also makes it mandatory to clearly inform all citizens regarding from whom these services can be availed and also names of applet authorities in case the services are delayed.

The revenue department has identified 14 services while the rural development department is said to planning to identify 15 to 20 services under the Act.

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