2 Months on, RERA Benches still remains vacant

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HRERA: The Haryana Cabinet has sanctioned the ultimate Haryana (Regulation and Development) Rules 2017, marking the state the 23rd state to have notified the rules.

The Draft Haryana (Regulation and Development), Rules, 2017 was notified vide Haryana Government gazette notification dated April 28 this year for asking suggestions or objections from the general public and others stakeholders. In all, 1874 suggestions or objections were received in this regard from promoters and their respective associations, allottees welfare associations and individuals

It’s been very nearly two months since the Haryana government appointed two IAS officers as chairpersons of twin RERA benches. In any case, they are yet to accept charge because of pending “technicalities”, keeping the much-anticipated authorities from becoming completely functional.

A year ago, in November after much tarrying, the government had named the additional chief secretary (education) KK Khandelwal as the leader of the Gurgaon bench and additional chief secretary (health) Rajan Gutpa as the head of the Panchkula bench. The government has additionally made a promise to make a website of the authority operational as early as possible, raising trusts among homebuyers who were emphasizing for fast implementation of the H-RERA Act that was notified last July to basically protect their interests.

Nonetheless, two months on, the two RERA benches — one committed to the whole of Gurgaon district with office in the city and the other to manage cases from whatsoever is left of Haryana having office in Panchkula — are as yet headless and the proposed site is still being created.

Authorities, not willing to be named, revealed that according to rules, a serving IAS officer couldn’t accept the charge of RERA chairperson. Nevertheless, the government named two serving officers, who first need to choose the voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) before occupying their assigned RERA posts.

Sources reveal that Khandelwal and Gupta had applied for the VRS and their applications were being processed. Nevertheless, nobody could state when the two designated chiefs would have the capacity to take charge of the things.

Due to this, the purchasers are as yet confused about how to lodge complaints or whom to approach with their grievances. Gaurav Prakash, a homebuyer, said the authorities had not yet come up with its website or set up the workplace till date. He further lamented that without the website, a purchaser has no way to check whether a project is registered under the RERA. Besides, without any workplace, purchasers are totally oblivious about the process of filing a complaint.

RTI appeal has disclosed that about 382 projects, a large portion of which are in Gurgaon, have been registered under the RERA in Haryana since last July while purchasers filed complaints against 67 builders during a similar period.

In response to the query filed by Gurgaon-based activist Aseem Takyar, the authorities have also claimed that 21 developers had been show-caused between May and June (2017) for publishing advertisements on newspapers without registering their projects under the Rera.”I received a list of projects registered under Rera in reply of an RTI petition. Most of the projects (almost 80%) are in Gurgaon while the rest are in Faridabad, Rewari, Panipat, Rohtak and Jhajjar,” Takyar claimed.

In light of the query filed by Gurgaon-based activist Aseem Takyar, the authorities have additionally asserted that 21 builders had been show-caused between May and June (2017) for publishing advertisements on daily newspapers without registering their projects under the RERA. Takyar guaranteed that he got a list of projects enlisted under RERA in answer of an RTI petition. The vast majority of the projects (just about 80%) are in Gurgaon while the rest are in Faridabad, Panipat, Rohtak, Rewari and Jhajjar.

Despite the fact that a huge number of buyers are filing a complaint about the delay in proper implementation of the Act, real estate agents have a positive outlook over the RERA rules.

The director of Elan Group, Ravish Kapoor, stated that the move to make registration of properties and projects mandatory under the RERA has raised transparency. Numerous builders are rushing to get their completion certificates, as they do not prefer to default under the arrangements of the new Act. Buyers look positive, as they are certain that they will get quality result within the due date.

Managing director of BDI Group, Ssumit Berry, stated that the RERA has conveyed more transparency to the sector. The two sides have similarly profited. In case builders need to give every aspect of their projects, buyers likewise have to comply with every rule of the authorities. Instances of delayed payment and cheque bounces will also be resolved under the Act.

Note – Please note that the above article is for education purpose only. This is based on our interpretation of laws which may differ person to person. Readers are expected to verify the facts and laws.

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