Voluntary consumer organization called Mumbai Grahak Panchayat, has written a letter to Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs, demanding amendment in provisions of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA). Their request is to bring unsanctioned on-going projects and commencement certificates under the purview of MahaRERA.
In their three-page letter sent to the minister, Shirish Deshpande, MGP chair person & consumer activist, brought a few anomalies which were noticed in RERA Act provisions and demanded their removal immediately “to safeguard the interests of the home buyers of the country”.
We come across few ongoing projects in Maharashtra where homebuyers have paid somewhere between 10-80 % of flat cost since 2012-13 and till now there is no work on the site or very little progress. Homebuyers have been informed that projects can’t be registered because the developers haven’t obtained sanctioned building plans and commencement certificates from competent authority which is required under section 4(2)(c)and(d) of RERA Act
He also said that Bombay High Court has restrained BMC from entertaining new applications from developers for approving building plan or commencement certificates until and unless BMC creates proper arrangements for wastage dumping of the buildings. He said that thousands of homebuyers have invested their hard earned money in these projects and now they cannot be registered with MahaRERA.
Deshpande also demanded that, the sanctioned building plans and commencement certificate should not be made a precondition for registration and a temporary registration must be granted to such projects. He requested Puri to invoke section 91 of RERA that empowers central govt. to make such provisions, not inconsistent with the RERA Act.