Doing Business with City Governments

The study identifies the key areas of reform based on best practices and proposes guidelines drawing lessons from the reforms already underway that could be adopted to ease licensing procedures and property registration in India. The guidelines are based on best practices/reforms already underway in different countries and cities. These include, Delhi, Ludhiana, Indore, Lucknow, Kolkata, Ranchi, Mumbai, Surat, Bangalore and Trivandrum.

As the study highlights Bangalore, Delhi and Surat involve least procedures in obtaining construction license. With regard to property registration, the study shows that with the introduction of computerized system of registration, the time taken for registering property has come down drastically in most of the cities. Kolkata is the only city among the ten selected cities where manual system of registration is still prevalent which results in delay. Overall analysis suggest that many agencies are actively engaged in the process of reforming regulatory procedures and a number of innovative practices have been developed within the country.