GURUGRAM: Two months after notifying Rera rules in Haryana, chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday said the state government is in the process of constituting a Rera authority, and that its chairman and members would be appointed by end-October.
At his first janta darbar (people’s court) in Gurgaon on Sunday, he also said aggrieved buyers of projects which are not registered under Rera can also file complaints against the developer.
State government had notified Rera rules in July, but with the delay in appointment of its chairman and members, the authority is yet to take off. So far, there is a website for the authority, but no clarity over how aggrieved home buyers can file complaints.
Assuring home buyers, who had turned up in large number at a janta darbar, Khattar said Rera will become functional in a couple of weeks, and after that, home buyers can file complaints before the authority for relief. “One can file a complaint with the authority even if their project is not registered under Rera,” said Khattar.
Home buyers have been critical of the state government for diluting the state Rera by changing the definition of ‘on-going project’, fearing that most projects will fall outside Rera’s ambit. The government is now trying to address the concerns of such buyers, by allowing Rera to register complaints against projects not registered with it. “It would be great if the government make a provision to file complaint against developer, irrespective of whether a project is registered with Rera or not,”said Praveen Sharma, a home buyer who has booked a flat in Sector 103.
At the Janta Darbar, Khattar heard more than 300 complaints by residents, and directed concerned officers to file action taken reports on each within 10 days.
Complaints included issues relating to irregularities in several cooperative group housing societies. As per official records, there are 25 cooperative group housing societies in Gurgaon. Majority of them have disputes of one or other kind. Khattar announced that a commission would be formed to hear and solve all disputes involving such societies. Also discussed at Sunday’s darbar was the delay in completing the construction of the Dr B R Ambedkar Park in ward number 13 of Farrukhnagar. The complainant alleged the park had not been developed fully, despite a resolution from the Farrukhnagar municipal committee passed on May 29, 2015.
Khattar directed that a Rs 1,000 fine per month be imposed on the officer responsible for the delay.
Rejecting a request for allowing new tubewells to be dug in village Bhora-Kalan, Khattar clarified since all of Gurgaon district lies in the ‘dark zone’, permission to dig new tubewells cannot be granted. While hearing a complaint by a resident of village Ghata, who alleged that after the electricity meter and wires in his house were stolen, police registered a case only after intervention of court, he ordered suspension of investigating officer ASI Charan Singh.
The complainant had further alleged that instead of investigating the case properly, the investigating officer had been threatening him.
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