No safe build­ing cer­tifi­cate?

Pay a fine of just and then day from the date of pos­ses­sion

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phys­i­cal pos­ses­sion of a hous­ing unit with­out a com­ple­tion cer­tifi­cate? This doc­u­ment, which as­sures you of the struc­ture’s safety, is not very im­por­tant for the gov­ern­ment. Fail­ing to pro­duce the cer­tifi­cate at­tracts a pal­try fine from the Delhi Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tions of ` 200 and sub­se­quently ` 10 a day from the date of pos­ses­sion. What’s more sur­pris­ing is that civic agen­cies do not want to stop peo­ple from tak­ing pos­ses­sion of their homes with­out a for­mal cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of com­ple­tion. They al­lege that their of­fi­cials face le­gal prob­lems if they in­sist on a cer­tifi­cate.

“Mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tions are al­ready short-staffed. If we is­sue one chal­lan to a home owner for not hav­ing a com­ple­tion cer­tifi­cate, I have to de­pute a per­son to han­dle that mat­ter in the court. There are lakhs of peo­ple who vi­o­late rules in Delhi and if we start is­su­ing chal­lans to all of them, all our of MCD staff will be mak­ing an ap­pear­ance in court,” says a se­nior MCD of­fi­cial.

Le­gal ex­perts feel that the vi­o­la­tion should be strictly dealt with and neg­li­gence of build­ing safety stan­dards should in­vite a very heavy fine. “If the gov­ern­ment makes it a crim­i­nal of­fence or im­poses a heavy penalty on peo­ple who do not have the cer­tifi­cate, at least peo­ple will not vi­o­late build­ing by­laws so eas­ily. But at the same time, the mech­a­nism to ex­pe­dite com­ple­tion cer­tifi­cate should also be made sim­ple and easy oth­er­wise this will lead to more cor­rup­tion. I think spread­ing aware­ness about struc­tural safety is also a very im­por­tant as­pect of safe liv­ing,” says Jas­bir Singh Ma­lik, a SC ad­vo­cate.

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