Friday, 8 July 2016

Activists demand early setting up of Realty Regulator


The recent Thane building collapse in Maharashtra, in which more than 70 people died and 60 people were injured has made the activists to raise a strong demand for urgently setting up of a separate realty regulator to check the irregularities and illegal construction of buildings. The chief minister of Maharashtra had admitted before the media that the building was illegally constructed. There are nearly an estimated 2000 illegal buildings in Mumbai itself and many of them are under dangerous conditions of getting collapsed anytime. 

Property experts believe setting up of a regulator would mean builders would have to get themselves registered as well as put all their project details on the website. Maharashtra state minister for housing has opined that this would bring in fair amount of transparency though not completely foolproof. The regulatory bill which is due for approval by the President has mandatory clauses that insist on time frame of projects, detailed plans, approvals and specifies punitive action for delays and for non delivery of amenities.

Janhit Manch, a NGO says “A regulator is good idea, but if the state initiates criminal action against senior police and civic officials and local legislators, these illegal practices will be curbed substantially”.

Platinum city residents protest against builder
 Residents protest against inaction of Platinum City builder 

The residents of Platinum City apartments which is HMT Road in Peenya built by India Builders Corporation during 2001 are facing eviction by the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA). The complex houses around 400 apartments and 17 of the residents have received notices from the BDA to vacate, as the builder has not obtained the mandatory occupancy certificate from the authorities. Recently the residents protested against the builder for their plight, which according to a resident is the sitxth one. The residents complained that the builder goes missing every time they protest instead of solving their problem.

The BDA officials say that they had sent notices to the builder in May and June 2012 for which he has not responded. Hence, the BDA commissioner T.Sham Bhat had ordered to issue eviction notices to some of the residents. A RTI activist who happens to be one of the residents of the complex alleges that the builders’ who have built 2400 flats in 34 acres of land allotted to them, have encroached on the lung spaces i.e., civic amenities sites by constructing parking lots. Many of the residents are a scared that they may be asked to vacate their houses. 

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