The Noida authority on Tuesday said it has stopped accepting builders’ occupancy certificate applications for group housing buildings without the required documents, as laid down under the Uttar Pradesh Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Rules, 2016 .
As per the rules, if a builder has submitted an application before the local government body (such as the Noida or Greater Noida authority) to obtain occupancy certificate and the same is accepted then that particular project will not be governed under new real estate regulatory authority.
“We have made it very clear to all developers that they will have to provide fire clearances, necessary environmental approvals, no-due certificates and documentary evidence to prove that a particular building is eligible to be occupied and given an occupancy certificate. Our staff will examine whether all required papers are in order. If even a single paper is missing, we will not accept the application,” said SC Gaur, chief architect and town planner of the Noida authority.
Officials said that the authority has issued instructions to its planning department and also informed developers on the issue. The move is to ensure that developers do not misuse the provision to get away from regulatory authority’s strict rules.
As per the process of the Noida authority, a developer’s certified architect submits a completion certificate detailing the building for which an occupancy certificate is required and ready to be handed over to homebuyers. Then, the planning department of the Noida authority examines the documents and conducts an on-site inspection.
Official said that the authority issues occupancy certificates only after it is satisfied that the builder has completed all required facilities.
“Earlier, in many cases, we used to demand missing documents from the developer during the processing of an application. But now we will begin the processing of an application only if all required documents are in place,” Gaur said.
The Greater Noida authority may also adopt Noida’s method to make sure developers do not cheat.
“I will check it with the Noida authority on the procedure it is applying. If I find it necessary, then I will adopt the same,” Deepak Aggarwal, chief executive officer of the Greater Noida authority, said.