Your registered flat could be ‘unauthorised’
“All the flats are illegal but they are registered and openly sold in the market. It’s your bad luck if you happen to be a buyer whose flat is being sealed or demolished.”
Should obtaining a completion certificate be made mandatory for a developer before it hands over the flats to buyers? And should all projects, once completed, be scrutinised thoroughly to ensure these adhere to the sanctioned plans? Officials do not have much to say.
P C Meena, deputy commissioner, Gurgaon, says, “A completion certificate is not a pre-requisite document for registration of property. If it is made mandatory, it will lead to further harassment and complications for the property buyers but if the development authorities such as the Haryana Urban Development Authority or Town and Country Planning, Gurgaon, give us any such guideline we will follow it.”
But R K Singh, senior town planner, expresses ignorance about the revenue department making the issue of a completion certificate a precondition for registering a property.
“In the first place, we don’t have such violation in Gurgaon where builders have encroached upon common areas such as park and community centre to construct flats. But as far as registration of properties is concerned, I don’t know whether completion certificate is a necessary document for an apartment registration. But I am sure the revenue department has stringent norms to check any illegalities,” he claims.
Lack of coordination is evident in Ghaziabad, too, where GDA officials claim that the revenue officials should not register a property without a completion certificate while the revenue department says the document is unnecessary.
S K Zaman, senior town planner, GDA, says, “Without a completion certificate, an apartment should not be registered because the said certificate can only differentiate between what is legal and what is illegal.”
Disagreeing with this, Rajesh Kumar, ADM, finance and revenue, Ghaziabad, says, “We don’t need to make a completion certificate such an important document. At present we are registering apartments without a completion certificate.”
As far as Delhi is concerned, ever after having several stringent norms for property registration, a completion certificate is not required for freehold proper- ties. A revenue official, requesting anonymity, says, “In Delhi we don’t have group housing societies of private developers like Ghaziabad and Gurgaon. But in private colonies a lot of fraud takes place when a builder violates the sanctioned plans. Such independent floors can be registered without a completion certificate.”
“If you buy an independent floor and get it registered and if the MCD (Municipal Corporation of Delhi) later discovers violations in the construction plans, it can either demolish the construction or book the property as ‘unauthorised.’ In both cases the buyer has to suffer,” says the officer.