After the Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority came into existence, the State government has been making claims that the exploitation of home buyers would come to an end. But RTI activist Vijay Kumbhar has alleged that the government’s claim is a cheating as the RERA would only look into cheating cases from those projects which are registered with it. It means that bogus builders and their companies would continue to cheat house buyers and they will go scot-free.
Kumbhar had sought information from the RERA chief regarding bogus builders and their projects and action taken or initiated against them. In reply, Kumbhar was informed that the RERA can act only against those projects which are registered with it.
Kumbhar has strongly protested against the answer he received and alleged that there is a big difference between Central and State government laws in this regard. As per Central law, registered builders would be allowed to sell their registered projects only and action would be initiated against builders try to sell their houses to the consumers. However, the State government’s RERA can act against only those builders whose projects are registered with it. This condition is very disastrous for home buyers, said Kumbhar.
The cheating of home buyers is unabashedly going on even after the RERA has come into force in the State. There is need to stop this cheating and hence Kumbhar has decided to write to the Housing Ministry to remove these technical drawbacks from the RERA.