Unhappy with diluted Rera, Haryana homebuyers seek divine intervention

GURUGRAM: Haryana homebuyers are unhappy with the dilution of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (Rera), 2016, in the draft Haryana Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Rules, 2017, published by the state government on April 28. Having earlier submitted over 300 objections to it, on Sunday, homebuyers of around 20 unfinished projects gathered at Leisure Valley Park to perform a ‘havan’, to “seek divine help for a strong Rera in Haryana”.

“The state government is favouring developers while implementing Rera. We’ve no option but to seek divine intervention,” said Harinder Pal Singh, whose flat in Imperia Elvedor, Sector 37C, is delayed. He expressed hope the government will work for common people.

The draft excludes projects which have received part completion or part-occupation certificates, and even ones where promoters have applied for either, provided they receive the certificates within three months from competent authority.

“We’ve submitted our objections to the draft rule. Now, we’re reaching out to the Almighty for help,” said Mridul Babbar, who has booked a flat in Adani Oyster Grande. Gaurav Prakash, who has invested in a project on Dwarka expressway, said several projects in Gurgaon are delayed, and in many cases, work on site has stopped. “A stronger Rera is required to clear this mess,” he said.

He added the definition of exempted projects needs to be tightened. Currently, secondary rules (a) to (c), under sub-rule (n) of Rule 2 in the draft, allows ongoing projects that have applied for occupation or part-completion certificates, to be exempted from the state Rera, provided it was filed on or before April 30, 2017, and is approved within three months.

“Only projects which get completion certificates and deeds of declaration before the rules are notified, should be exempted,” he said.

Homebuyers also urged for a provision to track a developer’s record. “Disclose all projects from the time a promoter started operations, and whether they were completed, under Rule 14(1)(a)(ii),” said Prakash.

Under the present rule, a developer needs to provide details of their projects launched in the last 5 years, even though there are many cases where a builder has not received completion certificates for projects launched more than 5 years ago. Demanding complete disclosure, homebuyers said builders should mandatorily list all their projects, so that a buyer can form a cumulative picture of the promoter.

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