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

HT Estates - - NEWS - Jee­van Prakash Sharma

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

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