MahaRERA: suo-motu action on 85 projects in March
MahaRERA has uploaded 61 orders of suo-motu action it took against realty projects in March. Since January till now, MahaRERA has uploaded around167 suo-motu orders against realty projects.
By Varun Singh
MahaRERA only in the month of March has uploaded 85 orders of suo-motu action it took against realty projects.
In all the cases the complainant was secretary, MahaRERA. The complaints were filed, because the registration of these projects with MahaRERA had lapsed. Above this it was noticed that the developers had not sought any extension of dates either.
Another important aspect noted in the orders is that as per the details on the webpage of projects against whom the suo-motu orders were passed were not complete.
The developers had also failed to upload the Annual Audit Report of Statutory CA – Form 5 for FY 17-18 and FY 18-19, which is mandatory as per the rules and regulations of RERA.
Advocate Prakkash Rohira who fights cases in MahaRERA said, “Regulatory departments taking so motu cognizance and self regulating the projects is an ideal method to enforce law compliance. Municipal bodies too must follow similar practices with goals for law enforcement.”
MahaRERA in the orders have said, “At this stage, since the project registration period has lapsed, the only way forward is to protect the allottees and enable them to form an association of allottees.”
The Association of allottees which is the association of home buyers can then take an informed decision regarding carrying out the balance work to complete the project.
The developers were also asked to handover every allottee the list including contact details of all the allottees in the project. This to enable the allottees in the project to form an association and take an informed decision regarding the project.
The Association of Allottees can also proceed under section 7 (Revocation of registration) or section 8. Section 8 states that upon lapse of the registration or on revocation of the registration, the Authority, may consult the appropriate Government to take such action as it may deem fit including the carrying out of the remaining development works by competent authority or by the association of allottees or in any other manner, as may be determined by the Authority.
Since January till now, MahaRERA has uploaded around 163 suo-motu orders against projects.
Rohira said, “Developers need to understand that mere registration with RERA is not sufficient and the registration requires constant stage wise updation and compliance. These “cleansing” orders against defaulting developers will serve as a precedent that malpractices putting homeowners at risk will not be tolerated anymore.”
Name of some of the developers against whom orders have been passed
Ashapura Builders and Developers, Shree Ekveera Developers, Rupji Constructions, Darode Jog Homes Pvt Ltd, Dreams Construction Pvt Ltd, Signo Construction and V J Construction, PR Builders, Om Associates, K K Developers and others.