Hundreds of homebuyers protested in front of Town Hall on Saturday, demanding effective implementation of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016, in Karnataka by cracking down on realtors who circumvent rules.
Under the banner of Forum of People’s Collective Efforts, the protesters said RERA-Karnataka (RERA-K) officials had failed to protect the interests of homebuyers as several housing projects continue to operate without registering under the Act. They said RERA and other civic legislations are not in sync with each other when it comes to taking action against unscrupulous builders.
Forum secretary MS Shankar said RERA-K’s operations lacked transparency and accountability as there was no clarity on regulations and standard operating procedures being followed. “Many projects have been awarded occupancy certificates even before the civil works have been completed. Moreover, RERA authorities should issue directions to the stamps and registration department to ensure RERA registration number is mentioned in the sale before it’s registered,” Shankar said.
The protesters alleged that many complaints — a majority pertaining to delay in completion and delivery of flats — registered by them have fallen on deaf ears for the past two years.
“Usually, it should take only two months for complaints to be addressed. But for us, it took one-and-a-half years. On January 30, we received a verdict from RERA-K, but when we showed it to the developers, they refused to acknowledge it and threatened to take us to court,” said Arun Sharma, a homebuyer.
The property was disputed even before construction. Yet the flats were sold by the builder and now we are settled in a property that has no sanctioned plan, no objection certificate from fire department and no occupancy certificate. We are living as illegal occupants of an illegal structure
Rajkumar Naran | Hessarghatta
We got the RERA verdict in our favour, but the builders are in no hurry to abide by it. They’ve taken many extensions even though RERA Act only provides for two extensions
Rekha G | Hennur Main Road
I was promised possession in 2017 and I’ve paid nearly Rs 1 crore. But we’re still far from taking possession as the property is still incomplete. I can’t register it in my name and am losing around Rs 6 lakh in tax benefits every year