Be care­ful of fraud­sters while buy­ing plots in Uran, say lo­cals

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

RES­I­DENTS ALSO SAID SOME DE­VEL­OP­ERS HAVE CASES OF IR­REG­U­LAR LAND DEALS AGAINST THEM IN PUNE

URAN: If you are plan­ning to buy a plot in Uran, you should be care­ful about your de­ci­sion as lo­cals have claimed that the ad­ver­tise­ments posted by de­vel­op­ers could be mis­lead­ing.

While de­vel­op­ers of­fer­ing small plots have been ad­ver­tis­ing Uran as the next big prop­erty des­ti­na­tion ow­ing to its prox­im­ity to Mum­bai and the pro­posed Mum­bai Trans Har­bour Link, Uran res­i­dents have said prospec­tive buy­ers could be cheated by small-time real­tors.

While the City and In­dus­trial Devel­op­ment Cor po­ra­tion ( Cidco) is plan­ning a Khopta town­ship project in Uran, it is yet to de­clare the plan. How­ever, res­i­dents said small-time de­vel­op­ers are al­ready show­ing plots to peo­ple from Mum­bai, Thane and Navi Mum­bai for sale.

“Some small-time de­vel­op­ers, who have done trans­ac­tions of 4-5 acre, are call­ing hun­dreds of prospec­tive clients to the area and show­ing them the same plots re­peat­edly,” said San­deep Gharat, a res­i­dent.

Res­i­dents said some de­vel­op­ers have cases of ir­reg­u­lar land deals against them in Pune.

“Buy­ers need to check the back­ground of the de­vel­oper. They should check if the land has been cer­ti­fied as non-agri­cul­tural and which zone it falls un­der, among other things,” said Gharat.

He said buy­ers should di­rectly con­tact farm­ers and deal with them di­rectly.

Res­i­dents said Uran farm­ers have re­alised the worth of their land and don’t want to sell it to de­vel­op­ers.

“Fol­low­ing in­quiries I found that a few years ago, some farm­ers had sold 1-2 acre land in dis­tress. How­ever, de­vel­op­ers are show­ing plots to hun­dreds of peo­ple. This is rea­son for sus­pi­cion,” said Vish­warath Nayar, a jour­nal­ist who was in­ter­ested in one such prop­erty.

An­other res­i­dent Girish Patil said, “Once when a farmer brought a de­vel­oper to show his land, the agents of an­other de­vel­oper claimed the land had been pur­chased by their de­vel­oper.”

How­ever, de­vel­op­ers have de­nied the claims. “There is no ques­tion of cheat­ing. We have our doc­u­ments in place and any­one can check them,” said a de­vel­oper on con­di­tion of anonymity.

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