Homebuyers seek panel help to avoid dilution of RERA rules by states

MUMBAI: A pan-India home buyers’ pressure group, ‘Fight for RERA’, is asking separate Parliamentary Committee on Subordinate Legislation (COSL) of the two houses of Parliament to intercede so that states do not weaken the federal Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act & ensure that final rules are framed and implemented within the ambit of RERA.

After the Act was notified on May 1, 2016, states were required to notify final rules within six months. So far Gujarat, UP, Madhya Pradesh have finalised their rules, while Rajasthan, Karnataka, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu have framed draft rules.

Fight For RERA said all these states have diluted the central law in favour of developers and sought COSL’s intervention to put a stop to this.

The organisation has already written to the Prime Minister Modi, Union Minister for Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu and also to the chief ministers of UP and Gujarat. Ministry of housing & urban poverty alleviation notified the final rules for the five union territories without legislators by October 31.

These are seen as undiluted and were expected to be a model for other states.

“The states have notified Real Estate Rules well beyond the mandate under Section 84 but also contrary to the provisions of the Act which has brought anguish, despair and disappointment among home buyers. Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh started it, which is now being followed by other states. Despite all the advisories by HUPA and housing minister Naidu against such dilution,” said Abhay Upadhyay, National Convenor, Fight For RERA.

“Thus it became utmost necessary to refer the matter to supreme parliamentary body which acts as a watchdog for implementation of parliamentary legislation in letter and spirit,” Upadhyay said.

Fight for RERA hopes COSL would take the transgression of the Act by the states seriously and seek revocation of such diluted rules with directions to notify fresh rules in lines with rules for Union Territories.

Credits ET Realty

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