Property buyers are forced to enter into sale deed, pay balance amount and take possession of the apartment in incomplete projects. The builders would not even have ensured basic amenities like electricity and water, explained M S Shankar, who leads the Karnataka chapter of the forum Fight for RERA. He said the number of these instances had grown over the last month since the deadline for implementation of RERA was drawing close.
‘Don’t dilute RERA’
‘Fight for RERA’ wants the government to ensure that all the ongoing projects are covered under the Act. “In some states, the Act has been diluted by excluding projects that have seen 60 per cent completion. We want the government to ensure that all ongoing projects are under the purview of the Act to hold them accountable,” Shankar added.
‘Nothing wrong in getting OCs’
If a builder has completed his project and is expediting the process of getting an OC, there is nothing wrong with it, observed Suresh Hari, spokesperson, CREDAI. As for amenities that have not been completed, the builder is legally bound. “It is subject to legal scrutiny. The builder cannot escape from delivering it,” he said.
Delayed implementation in Karnataka
While the Union government had stipulated May 1, 2017 as the date from which RERA would come into force, the implementation of the Act will be delayed in Karnataka, as the government is yet to notify the rules. In October last year, the state government brought out the draft rules for the Act. However, the final rules are yet to be passed. Sources in the housing department said they were still working on it and it would not be announced by April 30, as hoped earlier. Housing Minister M Krishnappa too said they were looking into it and it would be presented in the next cabinet meeting.
- Source: Indian Express