The civic general body on Tuesday passed a notice of motion demanding that flats in the city should be sold on the basis of carpet area and not on built-up or super built-up area.
Notice of motion is a demand or suggestion mooted by a corporator. Corporators from all parties backed the demand made by Vinod Shekhar, Congress corporator from Colaba. They have now decided that mayor Shraddha Jadhav will lead a delegation to the chief minister, asking him to implement the demand.
“The state’s housing policy, which has come into existence in 2007, says flats should be sold on carpet area, but these rules are still on paper,” said BJP corporator Ashish Shelar.
He added that in the same policy, there is also a provision to set up a regulatory body to scrutinise the sale of flats, but till date no such body has been formed. The notice of motion said the municipal corporation should initiate criminal action against builders, who sell flats on built-up and super built-up area.
“These builders are creating flats, which cost more than Rs 1 crore making it unaffordable for common man, who ends up paying for the built-up area and gets only 60% area in return,” said Shekhar.
Several builders say it is compulsory to pay for parking lots and take membership of the club that is being built along with the building, Shekhar added.
Carpet area is the actual usable area, which the buyer gets to use. Built-up area consists of area outside your house, staircase, elevator, etc, which can constitute up to 25% of the area.
For instance, if you buy a 1,000 sq ft built-up area, you will actually get to use only about 750 sq ft area. Super built-up area includes the parapet, podium, garden, etc, all of which is charged at market price and can constitute up to 40% of the area.
Vidya Chavan, NCP corporator, said the builders rob buyers of their hard earned money and the authorities cannot do anything to stop this. The proposal will now go to the municipal commissioner and once he clears it, it will be sent to the state to make the necessary amendments in the act.