No safe building certificate?
Pay a fine of just and then day from the date of possession
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.