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Gurgaon: Homebuyers find more faults with RERA draft

The homebuyers claim Haryana’s RERA draft rules give an escape route to builders who have already secured licence for their unfinished projects

gurgaon Updated: May 16, 2017 09:00 IST
Dhananjay Jha
Dhananjay Jha
Hindustan Times
RERA,Home Buyers,Town Planning
Homebuyers have formed various social media groups to share and exchange information and bring it to notice of the Haryana Town and Country Planning department.(Parveen Kumar/HT)

City homebuyers have found more faults with the Real Estate Regulation Act (RERA) draft rules in Haryana that have been in the public domain over the last couple of weeks. There are many projects in which builders obtained licence from the competent authority but did not start construction in the last ten years or more. They fear the RERA, in its present form, might fail to address their concerns.

Homebuyers have formed various social media groups to share and exchange information and bring it to notice of the Haryana Town and Country Planning department.

Commander (retired) JK Anand, resident of Faridabad, who is guiding the different associations and groups of home buyers, told Hindustan Times that the RERA draft for Haryana fails to incorporate several important aspects.

“As many as 20 projects in the state have been abandoned by the builders and now the homebuyers are running from court to consumer forum to town planning and other forums in the quest for justice. Homebuyers have put their hard-earned money into these projects, but their dream home, it seems, will remain a dream. The authorities aren’t moved by the plight of buyers,” Anand said, adding many other projects are also mired in litigations for different reasons across the state.

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Anand said, “There are projects for which more than one proprietor have been created illegally. The RERA, in its present form, does not cover such projects.”

Prakhar Sahay, a homebuyer, said, “The Harana former chief town planner (CTP) Dilbag Singh, who was present at a summit on real estate that was held in Gurgaon on Saturday ignored our queries in this regard. He said RERA will protect homebuyers. However, we doubt if the RERA will, indeed, help homebuyers who invested lakhs into projects that are yet to get off the ground.”

Gurgaon Citizens’ Council (GCC) held a meeting with homebuyers on Saturday and decided to put together all issues concerning them so that they could take up the issue strongly with the government.

“We will hold a protest against the RERA draft, in its present form, on May 17. If the Haryana government does not revise it on the lines of the one drafted by the Centre, we will intensify our protest,” RS Rathee, president, GCC, said.

Dilbag Singh, former city chief town planner who is one of the architects of the state’s RERA draft, said, “RERA is a balanced draft, but we still have scope to revise it.”

First Published: May 14, 2017 23:45 IST