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Advantage flat owners

delhi Updated: Jun 02, 2010 00:33 IST
Harish V Nair
Harish V Nair
Hindustan Times
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Spelling relief to lakhs of people who bought flats in various apartments on general power of attorney (GPA), the Delhi High Court on Tuesday directed the Delhi Government to immediately implement the provisions of Delhi Apartment Ownership Act, 1986.

Sincere implementation of the provisions will effectively free GPA-holders, who bought their houses in resale, from the clutches of brokers, builders, promoters and land mafia and protect their rights.

These include formation of their own association, membership at par with original allottees and voting rights and right to fix maintenance.

The order by a Bench of justices AK Sikri and Ajit Bharihoke came on a PIL filed by lawyer OS Bajpai, who said vested interests, including brokers and land mafia, continued to retain hold on various apartment complexes because the government failed to implement the Act passed 20 years ago.

The court asked the government to appoint competent area-wise authorities within a month for effective implementation of the Act.

Directing the competent authorities to inform the owners of the apartments about their right to form owners' association in accordance with the Act, the court said such an association shall take over the management and books of account and other documents from the builders and promoters.