Property owners and developers gathered outside the Haryana Urban Development (Huda) office in Sector 56 after officials delayed sending out property transfer letters. What should have taken 18 days has already taken 18 months.
“In August last year, the transfer permission letter was placed in my file, but I have not got it. I applied for it in November 2009,” said a property owner who doesn't want to be named.
“They sent my file to other departments not connected with the matter just to harass me. They event sent it to the inspection department although Huda had given me the completion certificate.”
Property dealers, too, are upset. “We want re-allotment letters for at least a hundred plots in Sector 57, and we applied for this a few months ago. We have been asking them to remove interest and extension fees on hundreds of properties in Sectors 42, 51, 52 and 57. Their system is unreasonable,” said Satish Kataria, president of Properties Dealers' Association, Gurgaon.
Most property owners have been waiting for the re-allotment certificate for one-and-a-half month.
Estate officer Vatsal Vashisth met the protesters and assured them that the authority would clear the pending cases soon.
"The officials said the work would be completed by Monday. We will wait," said Kataria.
“We will take action against guilty officials if the pending cases are not cleared within a week. I have also asked the estate officer to give me a report of pending cases every week,” said Nitin Yadav, Huda administrator.
Many property owners in Gurgaon are unhappy that Huda officials have done nothing to speed up their paperwork, and such pending cases often give a lot of inconvenience to house owners as well as property developers. “We can’t carry out any transactions if paperwork doesn’t happen on time,” said a resident.
Builders, too, echo the same sentiment, since they stand to profit from timely and transparent transaction. In fact it is about mutual benefit.
Most property owners and builders who had turned up to protest against Huda’s “inefficiency” in processing their applications said they expected the officials to complete their job at their end, which is why they did not bother to raise a voice before. “Now it is becoming too much to bear,” said a resident.