NO POWER, NO POSSESSION
GDA’s latest move has ensured that developers will not be able to register units in favour of homebuyers and get power supply until they acquire completion certificates
Homebuyers in Ghaziabad won’t have to risk their hard-earned investments in projects where building plans have been violated. The Ghaziabad Development Authority’s (GDA’s) advisory to the revenue department makes a completion certificate (a document which ensures that there has been no violation of building plans in a group housing project) now mandatory for registering the property.
What this means is that if a developer sells an apartment, he cannot get the deal registered at the sub-registrar’s office until he provides a copy of the completion certificate. Earlier, hundreds of homebuyers purchased and registered unauthorised flats under the impression that the registration ensured the legality of a property. However, many of them were later sealed by GDA because of violation of building rules. HT Estates, in a November 17, 2012, issue had for the first time highlighted the plight of several homebuyers who had bought unauthorised flats through registered sale deeds and, much to their horror, had their apartments sealed by GDA later.
“The lack of coordination between GDA and the revenue department led to the problem, but now we have plugged the loophole. A completion certificate is now mandatory for the sale-purchase registration of a flat in Ghaziabad,” says Santosh Kumar Yadav, vice chairman, GDA.
Yadav also says that GDA has taken steps to stop developers from handing over the flats without the certificate. “There was lack of coordina- tion between GDA and the electricity department, too. The electricity department used to give power connections to apartments which did not have the document. Now, however, we have written to the electricity department asking officials not to provide power supply to the defaulters. Obviously, without power, possession of an apartment cannot be offered.”
Yadav also says that he is moving against errant developers who have sold unauthorised flats. “Most of the building violations in Ghaziabad can be regularised by penalising the developers. We will take several other measures to make the developers fall in line,” he adds.
The Uttar Pradesh Apartment (Promotion of Construction, Ownership & Maintenance) Act, 2010, which was implemented almost three years ago, already has a provision which says, “An apartment may be transferred by the promoter to any person only after
HT Estates, in its issue dated November 17, 2012, had for the first time highlighted the plight of several homebuyers who had bought unauthorised flats through registered sale deeds