Homebuyers from Noida and Greater Noida intensified their efforts to get the Real Estate Regulatory Authority (Rera) bill passed in Parliament. A delegation of flat owners met Union minister for urban development Venkaiah Naidu and Congress leader Ajay Maken on Wednesday in this regard. Naidu assured the delegation that the bill will be tabled on Thursday.
The bill introduces real estate regulators at the state-level whom homebuyers can approach in case of any dispute with builders. In the absence of a stringent law in the real estate sector, a number of homebuyers are dealing with problems like delayed possession, lack of amenities, etc.
“Naidu said he tried to table the bill in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, but as it was not listed in the daily proceedings, the Speaker asked him to table the bill on Thursday. He assured us of giving his 100% to pass the bill,” said Abhishek Kumar, a member of the homebuyers’ delegation.
The Congress too extended its support to the homebuyers and planned a protest on Monday (March 14) if the bill was not passed. Congress leader Ajay Maken told the homebuyers in Delhi, “We are supporting the cause of homebuyers. We will stage a protest against the government if it doesn’t pass the bill soon.”
The homebuyers, however, said they just wanted the Opposition and the government to pass the bill in both houses of Parliament without politicising the issue.
“The bill has already been delayed for years. We don’t want any more political fight on this issue. Thousands of homebuyers are suffering due to lack of any stringent law in the real estate sector. All we want from the leaders is to pass the bill,” Kumar said.
Homebuyers had launched an online campaign ‘Fight for RERA’ a few months ago and had started the hashtag ‘#passrerabill’ on twitter to tag video messages and pictures to Naidu, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Maken and other politicians. HT was the first to report on the campaign last week.
Meanwhile, members of The Federation of Apartment Owners’ Association (Fed-AOA), Ghaziabad, also met Naidu on Wednesday. Though they had gone there with the aim of staging a protest as the bill was not tabled but the minister invited them in for a talk.
“We had met the minister on Friday and had told him that if the bill was not tabled in the Parliament on Tuesday, homebuyers will stage a protest outside his residence on Wednesday. However, the minister was kind enough to talk to us and tell us that he sent the bill for listing, but it did not appear in the list due to unknown reasons,” said Alok Kumar, president, Fed-AOA.
The minister has now called four homebuyers to Parliament to show them that the ministry has been working towards passing of the bill.
“We have been called to the Parliament by minister Naidu to see all the paperwork that has been done by them (the ruling party) for passing of the Rera bill. He wants us to clear our doubts regarding the support of the present government for the bill,” said DK Maurya, secretary, Fed-AOA.