Er­rant Builders Face the Heat Au­thor­i­ties have started tak­ing ac­tion against cos in NCR and Mum­bai fol­low­ing buy­ers’ com­plaints

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New Delhi|Mum­bai: Lo­cal de­vel­op­ment au­thor­i­ties in Gur­gaon and Noida and other cities in­clud­ing Mum­bai are crack­ing down on er­rant builders af­ter con­stant prod­ding by ag­i­tat­ing home buy­ers over the last few years.

The Greater Noida au­thor­ity re­cently sent a no­tice to Noida-based builder Su­pertech for vi­o­la­tion of sanc­tion plans in a hous­ing project in Greater Noida. In its or­der, it said 1,009 flats in the project should be sealed as they ex­ceed the orig­i­nally sanc­tioned 844 units. This came af­ter home buy­ers in the first phase of the project pointed out the al­leged vi­o­la­tion to the au­thor­ity and a team then set out to in­ves­ti­gate.

The builder says it had orig­i­nally got per­mis­sion for 844 units and later, un­der the pol­icy of pur­chasable FAR by GNIDA, it had sub­mit­ted re­vised plans for ap­proval in De­cem­ber 2014 to ac­com­mo­date a to­tal of 1,853 apart­ments. RK Arora, chair­man of Su­pertech, said ac­cord­ing to the Greater Noida Build­ing Reg­u­la­tions, the au­thor­ity needs to sanc­tion the plan within 60 days, else it is deemed to be ap­proved. “We built only af­ter that,” he said.

In Gur­gaon, Haryana chief min­is­ter Manohar Lal Khat­tar has set up a com­mit­tee un­der Gur­gaon deputy com­mis­sioner TL Satyaprakash to take stock of builder Unitech’s as­sets and li­a­bil­i­ties, both in In­dia and out­side the country. This was done af­ter sev­eral home buy­ers in dif­fer­ent projects of the de­vel­oper in Gur­gaon ap­proached the govern­ment. In Mum­bai, civic au­thor­ity Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion of Greater Mum­bai re­cently launched a web­site where citizens and home buy­ers can re­port unau­tho­rised con­struc­tions, vi­o­la­tion of FSI rules or il­le­gal al­ter­ations. PC Gupta, ad­di­tional CEO of the Greater Noida Au­thor­ity, said home buy­ers have been putting pres­sure on the au­thor­ity in re­cent times given the mas­sive de­lays in de­liv­ery of apart­ments in the area.

“The case in Greater Noida and Noida is in­ter­est­ing. At first, there was a three year de­lay be­cause of land ac­qui­si­tion is­sues and later be­cause of the NGT is­sue. Both th­ese mat­ters de­layed con­struc­tion and de­liv­ery of apart­ments in many ar­eas, stress­ing home buy­ers,” said Gupta.

In the case of Su­pertech, Gupta said there were de­vi­a­tions from the orig­i­nally sanc­tioned plan. “The builder has now sub­mit­ted re­vised maps for the project. The au­thor­ity is pro­cess­ing it and will com­mu­ni­cate it in due course,” he said. In Gur­gaon, deputy com­mis­sioner TL Satyaprakash said a lot of com­plaints against builders have been com­ing from groups of home buy­ers and the govern­ment wants to sup­port th­ese home buy­ers. “We want to find a way.” The Gur­gaon ad­min­is­tra­tion signed up with Real Es­tate De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil in the city to help re­solve cases. An Al­lot­tees Grievances Re­dres­sal Com­mit­tee was also set up by the CM, which was an ex­ec­u­tive body, to re­solve mat­ters. The new web­site of Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion of Greater Mum­bai (MCGM) seeks to pre-empt buy­ers to come for­ward. On www.re­moval­ofen­croach­ment.mcgm.gov.in, a com­plainant can up­load doc­u­ments, pic­tures and videos while reg­is­ter­ing a com­plaint.“Fol­low­ing the reg­is­tra­tion of com­plaint, of­fi­cials are ex­pected to at­tend to the prob­lem within a stip­u­lated time and the data man­age­ment sys­tem will keep a track of the same,” said an MCGM of­fi­cial.

Ravi Teja Sharma & Kailash Babar

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