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Home buyers want effective enforcement
THE HINDU, DECEMBER 01, 2018


BENGALURU: Have organised a protest today

Over a year after protesting against the delay in implementing the Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) Act, 2016 in Karnataka, home buyers are coming together to seek effective implementation of the Act in the State, as well as better redressal of related issues.

M.S. Shankar from the Forum for People's Collective Efforts, Karnataka Chapter (formerly Fight for Rera), which is organising the protest on Saturday, said over 500 people are expected to participate.

“These people have bought apartments and plots. The first time we organised such a protest was in July 2017 seeking implementation of the RERA Act in Karnataka. This time, we are seeking enforcement and implementation of the Act in its true spirit. In addition, we are also representing other citizen concerns such as builders abruptly handing over maintenance to apartment associations,” he said.


Concerns

Among the concerns are the time taken to dispose cases. “As per the Consumer Protection Act, cases have to disposed within 60 days, but it is taking years. Under the RERA Act too, it is supposed to take 60 days, but now it is taking up to six months,” said Mr. Shankar.

They want removal of ‘dilutions’ of the Act under the Karnataka RERA Rules, appointment of full-time members to Karnataka RERA Authority and Karnataka RERA Tribunal, bringing all unregistered ongoing projects without Occupancy Certificate under RERA, redressal of complaints within the stipulated time frame by increasing the number of adjudicating officers, and framing of proper regulations for handling complaints, and judgements as per the provisions of RERA Act.

They are also seeking a proper dispute redressal mechanism for dealing with projects without Occupancy Certificate or official Completion Certificate, and not getting original documents from the promoters and land-owners.

The reason for the protest, he said, was because the voice of home buyers was not being heard. “We have given a lot of representations on citizens’ concerns, but nobody is listening,” Mr. Shankar added.

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