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Noida: 300 builders register on RERA website

Under the Act, all states have to set up a real estate regulatory authority, a website and hire officials for the timebound disposal of homebuyers’ grievances.

noida Updated: Jul 27, 2017 23:32 IST
Vinod Rajput
Vinod Rajput
Hindustan Times
Noida,Yamuna,Greter Noida
The Real Estate (regulation and development) Act, 2016, came into force on May 1 to protect homebuyers from unscrupulous developers. (Sunil Ghosh/HT File Photo)

A day after chief minister Yogi Adityanath launched the real estate regulatory authority (RERA) website, officials at the Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway authorities hoped homebuyers would come forward to file complaints at the portal and get issues resolved.

The Real Estate (regulation and development) Act, 2016, came into force on May 1 to protect homebuyers from unscrupulous developers.

Under the Act, all states have to set up a real estate regulatory authority, a website and hire officials for the timebound disposal of homebuyers’ grievances.

The act makes it mandatory for builders to register with RERA before launching or even advertising a project. Uttar Pradesh has formed a website where builders can get their projects registered and buyers can file grievances. But the state is yet to hire officials and set up bodies at the district level to address issues relating to the realty sector.

Before RERA came into effect, homebuyers had to visit offices of Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway authorities to file a complaint or get the attention of government officials towards their problems.

“Now they have the option to file complaints at the RERA website, so obviously they will not have to visit our office. But, which (old and new) realty projects will come in its ambit will be clear when the state government notifies the revised RERA rules,” said Santosh Kumar, officer on special duty for group housing, Noida authority.

Around 1,000 complaints related to homebuyers are pending in the Noida authority.

“The UP government has started the website but is yet to hire officials at the district and state level to address complaints. I do not understand how complaints will be resolved if the body is not in place,” said Rajesh Purohit, a homebuyer.

Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway officials, who were yet to solve buyers’ issues, hoped they would not be disturbed with complaints anymore.

“Now buyers will file complaints on the website. The builders will also launch projects after registering at the site,” said Debasish Panda, chief executive officer of the Greater Noida authority.

An officials in the housing and urban planning department, which is handling the website, said over one lakh people had visited it till 7 pm on Thursday.

So far, 300 builders and 80 realty projects have been registered at the website, www.up-rera.in, said the official of the UP urban housing and planning department.

“As of now, 40 complaints have been registered from across the state. Thirty-nine builders have registered their projects from Noida and Greater Noida. The website has received 19 complaints from Lucknow, 12 from Ghaziabad, 3 from Meerut, 1 each from Mathura and Allahabad,” said Mukul Singhal, principal secretary, UP housing and urban planning department.

Some buyers’ complained that the website is not up to the mark, unlike in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.

Singhal countered, “Our website is working perfectly. We will keep adding more columns as per need and make it more informative and user-friendly. RERA bodies will soon be in place to address issues and monitor realty projects.”

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First Published: Jul 27, 2017 23:32 IST