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Durbars for societies’ woes

The growing number of complaints from housing societies has prompted the government to start housing adalats or durbars in the city.

india Updated: Mar 06, 2009 01:53 IST
Gigil Varghese

The growing number of complaints from housing societies has prompted the government to start housing adalats or durbars in the city.

“There are almost 30,000 co-operative societies in Mumbai and on an average there are 120 new complaints every month,” said Mahendra Kalyankar, divisional joint registrar of co-operative societies. “Some of them are related to financial audits of the societies, non-signing of the indemnity bond by the members of the society’s committee, non-issuance of share and
transfer certificates or charging more than the prescribed amount for these certificates.”

The durbar will be held for the city district from Colaba to Mahim on March 7 in Malhotra House, opposite Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. The adalat for the eastern suburbs will be held on March 18 in Konkan Bhavan, Belapur, and for the western suburbs on March 6 at the Wadala truck terminus at the office of the deputy registrar.

The complaints will have to be forwarded to deputy district registrars in each of the 20 wards. The deputy registrar will then fix a date and venue for the hearing. “If it is a big society then we can have the adalat in the society’s hall or in the deputy registrar’s office,” said Kalyankar.

“The adalats will comprise a deputy registrar from a different region to avoid favouritism or manipulation, an advocate practicing in the co-operative court and a social worker,” said Kalyankar.

If a housing society is unhappy with the decision of the committee, then they can appeal to the joint registrar whose decision will be final, said Kalyankar.

“It is a good decision to hold adalats, as the main hobby of the members of Mumbai’s housing societies is to fight with each other,” said Vinod Sampat, president of the co-operative societies’ stamp duty and registration users association.

“Also, the number of housing societies in Mumbai are increasing and appointing an administrator (to oversee the working of a society once the members have no faith in each other) is not the ideal way to solve problems.”