Chandigarh administration calls for revised draft policy on village development, lal dora – ET RealEstate

CHANDIGARH: The UT administration has asked the Indian Institute of Human Settlements (IIHS), Bengaluru, to submit a revised draft policy on village development, regularisation of illegal structures and extension of lal dora.

The decision was taken after a recent meeting with a representative of the Bengaluru-based consultant, which was chaired by UT adviser Dharam Pal. The institute, which was appointed to study and offer solutions to the problem, made a presentation and submitted a draft policy.

UT adviser Dharam Pal said they had suggested some changes and accordingly, the institute was asked to submit a revised draft policy. Besides, village-wise plan prepared by departments would be merged with the overall development plan of the city. As it was the first draft, views and suggestions of different department heads were taken in the meeting. Provisions of RERA and other relevant acts would also be part of the revised draft policy, he added.

The step was initiated after former UT administrator V P Singh Badnore directed senior officials to work on regularisation of such construction in January. The lal dora (red line) separates village habitation from adjacent agricultural land. After Badnore’s instructions, some villagers had even started carrying out fresh constructions outside lal dora, hoping it would be regularised. However, teams of UT estate office and land acquisition department had demolished fresh constructions.

Political parties and village residents have been consistently asking for the extension of lal dora and regularisation of constructions outside it. Meanwhile, architects and city’s heritage conservationists are demanding removal of illegal constructions to protect the city’s character.

In the past, UT estate office had even issued notices for carrying out constructions outside lal dora in villages. UT administration had issued a notification and even clarified that the area outside the aabadi area of recently merged 13 villages, would continue to be controlled by the Punjab New Capital (Periphery) Control Act, 1952, as applicable to union territory of Chandigarh.

The Chandigarh draft master plan, 2031 pointed out that unauthorised constructions had come up on over 250 acres outside the lal dora in UT villages. Villagers maintained that a number of families had lived outside the lal dora for years and had all facilities, such as water connection, power connection, ration cards and voter cards.

The merger started in 2013 for uniform development and governance of villages. The administration considered 600 objections and suggestions on the draft notification before a high-powered committee led by UT home secretary recommended the merger on November 30, 2018.



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Bengaluru: Homebuyers upset as builders get longer project deadline – ET RealEstate

BENGALURU: With builders in the city endlessly delaying completion of housing projects, homebuyers in Bengaluru are unable to take possession of their dream homes, even after spending their hard-earned money.

Not many builders complete housing projects on time, as promised to homebuyers at the time of launching projects.

According to the information available on the Karnataka Real Estate Regulatory Authority (K-RERA) website, there are 488 housing projects yet to see completion as per the registered timeline. These projects have applied for extension.

On August 27, 2021, K-RERA extended the deadline of housing projects that were to be completed by April 1, 2021, to October 1, 2021.

Homebuyers, meanwhile, alleged that K-RERA website has no information about their specific projects. Some of the buyers are objecting to K-RERA extending the time of completion of housing projects. During the pandemic, K-RERA illegally approved extension of housing projects without following Section 6 of the RERA Act, they complained.

“I was supposed to get the flat nine months ago. I could not pay three or four monthly instalments in 2017 due to demonetisation. However, I managed to pay the amount a few months later. The builder insisted that I pay the penalty for not making payments on time in 2017. I paid Rs 2.50 lakh as penalty for delaying the instalments. The builder informed me to register the flat a few months ago, but I could not do so due to the financial crisis. The builder is insisting that I pay the holding charges of Rs 30,000 per month for the delay in registering the sale deed of the flat,’’ said Balasubramaniam, who bought a flat in Mallasandra.
Bengaluru: Homebuyers upset as builders get longer project deadlineAs per Section 6 of the RERA Act, the authority may in reasonable circumstances, without default on the part of the promoter, based on the facts of each case, and for reasons to be recorded in writing, extend the registration granted to a project for such time as it considers necessary, which shall, in aggregate, not exceed a period of one year.

“I were to get possession of the flat in December 2016. But, till date the builder has been managing to get the extension from K-RERA to complete the project. I am yet to get possession even after five years of the deadline,’’ said Ramanan Meenakshi Subramani Iyer, adding that he had already paid 95 per cent of the flat’s total cost.

Bengaluru: Homebuyers upset as builders get longer project deadline
K-RERA website states the completion date of around 810 housing projects has expired and over 250 applications for extensions are under process. The applications of 236 projects for extension have been approved by K-RERA.

“The time of completion of many housing projects has been extended twice based on directives from the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs and RERA Section 6 provision, thus exposing many homebuyers to financial crises — some paying both the EMI to financial institutions and rent to the buildings where they are residing,’’ said RERA activist MS Shankar.

The time of completion of many housing projects has been extended twice based on directives from the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs and RERA Section 6 provision, exposing homebuyers to financial crises.— RERA activist MS Shankar

Krishnan V, another homebuyer, said he was supposed to get possession of his home at Skylark Ithaca developed by a builder at Kodigehalli in 2017, but nothing has been done by the authorities concerned to recommence the construction work that came to a grinding halt a few years ago. “I have paid more than Rs 50 lakh to the builder but the construction work has been stopped,’’ said Krishnan. According to K-RERA, there are 367 complaints against Skylark Ithaca.

Denying allegations of giving extension to the builders of incomplete housing projects, K-RERA chairman HC Kishore Chandra said RERA has been following the state government’s directives on the completion of housing projects. “We have not given extension to any builder against the norms,’’ said Kishore Chandra.



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Supertech says will deliver over 8,000 flats by this December 2021 – ET RealEstate

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NOIDA: Real estate developer Supertech on Friday said it will hand over to homebuyers 8,463 flats by December this year and a total of over 16,000 units by 2023 in delayed projects in Noida, Greater Noida and Meerut. There are 13 projects in total – five in Noida, four in Greater Noida, two each on Yamuna Expressway and in Meerut, with 16,041 units that would be handed over from December 2021 till June 2023, the realty group said.

The announcement comes within two days of a meeting of Supertech representatives with officials of the Uttar Pradesh Real Estate Regulatory Authority (UP-RERA), which had reviewed the delayed projects of the developer.

Supertech Group in the meeting with UP RERA said it will complete construction and give delivery of 8,463 units by December 2021, 7,347 units by December 2022 and 231 units subsequently in its various projects in Uttar Pradesh,” it said in a statement.

Supertech Group Chairman R K Arora said the delay has been on account of the unprecedented two waves of the COVID-19 pandemic which hit all the realty projects.

“Supertech Group will complete these projects from internal accruals and the Group has positive net worth to meet the funds requirements,” Arora said.

The projects for hand-over include Romano, Crown Towers, ORB, North Eye and Supernova in Noida, Eco Village I, Eco Village II (Phase I), Eco Village II (Phase II) and Eco Village III in Greater Noida besides Upcountry and Golf Country along the Yamuna Expressway, Meerut Sports City and Green Village Meerut, according to the statement.

“RERA’s objective is to see that every homebuyer gets their home. We review the situation of all projects time to time and have met with 60 promoters involved in around 150 projects in the state this month,” UP RERA chairman Rajive Kumar told .

“Supertech’s projects have also been reviewed and checked for compliance of RERA orders. This (announcement by the group) has come as part of the RERA’s exercise,” Kumar added.

According to the schedule shared by the real estate major, 8,463 units are to be handed over by December 2021, 2,308 by March 2022, 1,132 by June 2022, 3,907 by December 2022 and 231 in 2023.

Many of these projects in Noida and Greater Noida are long delayed with Supertech often facing protests by homebuyers and scathing court directions.



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Rajasthan RERA appoints third party to complete Hyde Park project – ET RealEstate

JAIPUR: In a first, the Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA), Rajasthan, has appointed a third party to complete the construction of ‘Hyde Park’ project situated behind Dalda factory in Durgapura after revoking the registration of the promoter.

The decision was taken on a petition filed by Hyde Park Flat Owners Association.

As per the orders, the new developer will commence construction within 30 days from the receipt of installments from the members of the complainant association. The apartments will have to be completed within two years from the start of work.

The order reads, “The construction and expenses from the escrow bank account will be monitored by a project management consultant, which will be approved by the authority. The progress of construction and the details of the bank account would be submitted to the authority on a monthly basis before the 10th day of each month.”

The project Hyde Park was launched in 2014 by the Adarsh Buildestate Limited (ABL) as developer promoter. The construction was started by the promoter respondent, which proceeded at a good pace till 2016, but slowed down during 2017 and came to a stop in 2018.

As per the development agreement, the project was to be developed into two stages: Phase I consisting of 593 flats and Phase ll consisting of 296 flats. The entire project was to be completed within 48 months commencing from April 1, 2013. However, the developer miserably failed to complete first phase.

Phase I was later revised and it was proposed to construct 265 flats. Now, RERA has directed to complete Phase 1 after appointing third party as 150 odd allottees booked their flats with the promoter on the promise that they would be handed over the possession of their apartments by March 3, 2017, which was later extended by till March 31, 2021.

The remaining 115 will be booked and sold by the third party to meet the construction expense.

“The new developer, landowners and the complainant association will enter into a tripartite agreement wherein the rights and responsibilities and obligations of all the three parties in respect of completion of revised Phase I shall be recorded,” reads the order.



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