Mumbai: RERA to register complaints about unregistered projects free of cost till July 30

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In a major relief to citizens, the Real Estate Regulatory Authority has decided to accept complaints about unregistered projects for free of cost from informants until the 90-day period granted to builders to register their projects ends. The law though states that a mandatory fee of Rs 5,000 is required for filing of the complaint.

Chairman of Maharashtra’s RERA Gautam Chatterjee said that until July 30, before which all builders have to register their ventures with the authority, complaints about unregistered projects will be analysed by his team of 25 officials on a daily basis. “RERA operates on reactive mode. Residents can point out such cases in the form of an email or can contact our help desk. Once the details of a complaint have been verified, we will take up the case on a suo motu basis and take suitable action,” said Chatterjee, reported Indian Express.

Chatterjee Citing clauses of the Act said fine imposed for violations will continue to increase until it equates 5 per cent of the total project cost, after which more severe forms of punitive action will be initiated. “Other kinds of penalties will include suspension of the registration given to the project. For more serious offences, the registration can also be revoked,” said Chatterjee.

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Meanwhile, more than a month since the start of the 90-day period for registration of projects was opened up, the pace of the applications being submitted online continues to be slow and it has gone against the expectation of speeding up of the process. Since May 1, the RERA has only received 24 applications from across the state, of which around 15 have been registered. For brokers, the officials said they have received 1,192 applications, of which 1,053 have been registered.

Officials have said that they were not concerned about the low number of registrations and the slow pace of the process as all builders would eventually have to register their projects or risk violating the Act.

“We have come to know that while many builders have uploaded all the relevant documents of their projects, they are yet to submit the forms online. Since majority of the projects are ongoing, it is natural for builders to be a little apprehensive about the new rules, as they have been doing things differently for a long time now. But we expect more activity in the second half of this month,” said another official.

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