The delay in issuing completion certificates to the owners of newly-constructed houses in sectors under the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) is giving jitters to the Haryana government.
The government has asked the administrators to ensure that certificates are issued within 24 days from the date of submission of the application.
Under the current procedure, a junior engineer (JE) inspects the newly-constructed house to verify whether the building adheres to the sanctioned plan and then gives his consent to the occupant.
The JE’s discretion of approving the applicant’s appeal for a completion certificate has come under severe criticism in the recent past.
It seems the government aims at reducing the involvement of JEs due to various complaints in the past about their alleged involvement, which delayed the process.
The government may replicate the self-certification system in the Huda sectors as it is currently in the private builders’ areas in Gurgaon, as introduced by the town planning department. In the self-certification system, the authorised architect (instead of JE) approves the appeal after verifying the constructed house.
“This is not a bad idea but we need some more time to replicate the scheme in Huda sectors,” said Huda administrator Praveen Kumar, who has sought opinion of both the estate officers (EOs) in this regard.
The administrator, meanwhile, has sought the status report of all pending applications in the estate offices of Huda in connection with the completion certificates. Earlier, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had pulled up the government while hearing a petition of a Gurgaon resident regarding delay in the issuance of the completion certificate.
“I faced huge harassment by the JE and got the completion certificate after six years. I was compelled to seek the court’s help,” said Ram Gopal, a resident of Sector 5.
In this case, the JE was proven guilty and an FIR was lodged against him.
In yet another case filed by a resident of Sector 9-A, the JE was found guilty and chargesheeted. Later, an inquiry was set up by chief administrator DPS Nagal.
“Obtaining a completion certificate from Huda is a tough task. I’m still fighting a case against the JE, who is at large after he was proven guilty,” alleged Suresh Gulyani, resident of Sector 9-A.