Roar­ing Khan­del­wal

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When there is a will, there is a way. This is eas­ier said than done. When Haryana Chief Min­is­ter Manohar Lal Khat­tar an­nounced Haryana Real Es­tate Reg­u­la­tion Au­thor­ity (HARERA) to reg­u­late the despotic builder mafia in the state, he did not know whom to ap­point as the Chair­man of HARERA Gu­ru­gram. Khat­tar was look­ing for a civil ser­vant who could de­liver and eman­ci­pate the grief-stricken cus­tomers from the builder mafia. He fi­nally chose Dr KK Khan­del­wal, a 1985-batch IAS of­fi­cer, Ad­di­tional Chief Sec­re­tary, Sports and Youth Af­fairs, Govern­ment of Haryana, ir­re­spec­tive of all op­po­si­tion. HARERA did not have an of­fice, staff and other mem­bers when Khan­del­wal’s name was an­nounced as Chair­man HARERA. Khan­del­wal did not lose any time. He landed in a beau­ti­ful PWD guest house and con­verted it as HARERA Gu­ru­gram head­quar­ters. He got two other mem­bers ap­pointed by pur­su­ing higher ups in Chandigarh. Now he had a full-fledged HARERA in place. He con­verted a big hall of the PWD guest house as a court and guest rooms as the of­fices. De­liver the house to cus­tomers by all means is the motto of Khan­del­wal. In a year’s time, HARERA got 800 cases from Gu­ru­gram. Khan­del­wal holds court three days a week and it’s an ex­pe­ri­ence to see how he de­liv­ers the judge­ment. The builders of Gu­ru­gram thought Khan­del­wal would be a cake­walk for them as Khan­de­wal had served as Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary to for­mer Chief Min­is­ter Bhupin­der Singh Hooda and most of the builders are de­fault­ers from Hooda regime. But, Khan­del­wal has be­lied all mis­con­cep­tions about him­self. Not only he is im­pos­ing fines run­ning to crores on de­fault­ers and vi­o­la­tors but is see­ing to it that the builders’ lobby does not try to cut cor­ners to be­fool the needy cus­tomers.

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