RERA has not helped customers in stuck projects even after five years: FPCE – ET RealEstate

NEW DELHI: The real estate regulation law, RERA, has failed to meet the expectation of scores of homebuyers whose investment were stuck in ongoing projects when the law was enacted, said the homebuyers organization that led the campaign of enactment of the law.

The RERA enacted five years back covered both new projects and all others that were under construction, also known as “ongoing” projects. President of Forum for People’s Collective Efforts (FPCE) Abhay Upadhyay said, “Not even 10% of the ongoing projects which were covered under the law have been completed even after five years of the law being implemented. The RERA aimed at bringing relief to those whose money was stuck in ongoing projects.”

FPCE, an umbrella body of homebuyers recently won a case against the West Bengal government which had notified its real estate law, HIRA, in contravention of the Central Act. The Supreme Court had termed the West Bengal law unconstitutional.

“The government should also bring out a whitepaper on how many projects launched after the RERA came into existence have been completed within the given timeline. What is the average time of delay in the completion of such projects? Getting extension for completion of the project is not the birthright of builders,” Upadhyay said while addressing a virtual conference on the five years of RERA.

He also raised questions about the RERA authorities toying with new ideas, which are out of the legal framework of the law, rather than focus on bringing relief to homebuyers. Upadhyay said, “It’s good progress so far as registration of 65,000 projects and disposal of 64,000 cases are concerned. But now there is a need to do more to bring relief to homebuyers, which is enshrined in the law,” Upadhyay said.

He alleged that the government authorities get “out of box ideas” when it comes to providing relief or comfort to the builders. The organisation said they had opposed the housing ministry’s move last year to extend timelines for ongoing projects due to Covid.



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West Bengal offers help to set up covid isolation units on housing societies – ET RealEstate

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KOLKATA: The state health department on Monday issued an advisory to all major housing societies and high-rises in the city, asking the resident welfare associations to set up community-based isolation centres, assuring them of providing steady oxygen supply and daily visits by doctors there.

Less than two weeks ago, KMC had made a similar request to housing complexes.

Last year, many housing complexes had converted their community halls and clubs into safe homes but in the second wave, RWAs had been apprehensive that a patient’s condition might suddenly spiral out of control given the severity of the virus this time. They are also uncomfortable about lack of transparency over the legal liability in case of deaths there.

But Monday’s state advisory asked the RWAs to tie up with government or private medical facilities to set up the units at their complexes. “The current advisory has a lot of clarity and we would convert two of our community halls in the complex into isolation centres. We can accommodate around 20 patients in the facilities. We will approach government officials and try and get the safe homes ready at the earliest,” said Deepak Agarwal of Diamond City West in Behala, which now has 60 Covid patients.

Some complexes, like South City, have started a dialogue with a private hospital and hope to set up the isolation centre in a week. “A private hospital officials visited us. We plan to convert 10 guest rooms in our club into isolation centres that will be managed by the hospital. It should be ready by next week,” said MV Viju, joint secretary of the resident welfare association.

The Urbana management are in talks with a private hospital to convert their spacious community hall into an isolation centre but opposition from some residents halted the process. “Residents want the club to be turned into a safe home but the club doesn’t have an attached toilet, a must for an isolation centre. We are in talks with the residents’ body,” said Debjani Mukherjee, director, Urbana facility management.



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Over 10.75 lakh homes constructed under PMAY-U during pandemic: Housing Minister – ET RealEstate

NEW DELHI: Over 10.75 lakh houses have been constructed under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) during the COVID-19 pandemic so far, and Uttar Pradesh tops the chart with more than 2.55 lakh such units, Parliament was informed on Wednesday.

In a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha, Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said under PMAY-U, construction of 43,32,651 houses have been completed till date.

In Uttar Pradesh, 2,55,227 houses have been constructed under the ambitious scheme since March last year, followed by 1,25,108 in Gujarat, 1,10,633 in Maharashtra and 58,427 in West Bengal, Puri said.

However, Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Ladakh have constructed 21 housing units each during the same period, he added.

“Under the scheme of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana–Urban (PMAY-U), construction of a total of 43,32,651 houses have been completed so far. This includes 10,75,474 houses constructed during the COVID-19 pandemic (from March 2020 to till date),” the minister said.

In Delhi, 5,263 houses have been constructed during the COVID-19 pandemic under the scheme.

According to the ministry, a total of 1,10,70,970 houses have been sanctioned under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (U), of which 74,83,896 are at various stages of construction and 43,32,651 are complete or delivered.

Replying to another question, the minister said sanctioned houses under PMAY-U involve central assistance of Rs 1,78,076 crore, of which Rs 90,538 crore have already been released to states, union territories and central nodal agencies.



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West Bengal CM allots over 4,600 houses to tea garden’ workers – ET RealEstate

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FALAKATA: Chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday issued 4,611 house allotment orders to workers spread across 12 tea gardens in Alipurduar, Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling, living up to a promise she made last year to those who didn’t have dwelling units.

In a region where Trinamool Congress suffered a rout in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Banerjee also announced her government’s decision to bring Falakata and Mainaguri under municipalities.

The CM reached out to Falakata — having a heavy presence of Adivasi tea garden workers and Rajbanshis — a day after Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman proposed a Rs 1,000 crore welfare fund for tea garden workers in Bengal and Assam. She also attended a mass marriage ceremony of 450 Adivasi couples as part of a community policing programme.

“Many have made promises about tea gardens. We are not like others. We keep the promise we make. I had kept Rs 500 crore for setting up dwelling units for tea garden workers. Today, I am giving you the housing allotment orders,” she said.

The 12 tea gardens where workers got the allotment are Mujnai, Rahimpur, Lankapara, Dheklapara, Red Bank, Torsa, Dharanipur, Manabari, Sukna, Gayaganga, Grassmore and Atal.

Addressing the gathering at Falakata, Banerjee said: “There are many BJP MPs in north Bengal. Have they done anything for you? BJP leaders had promised to open seven closed tea gardens ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. They disappeared after the elections were over. On the contrary, we have opened nine tea gardens.”

The CM then narrated her government’s achievements for north Bengal, including setting up of state secretariat Uttarkanya and the Rajbanshi Development Board.

“We have banned transfer of Adivasi land. This government is the government of Adivasis, Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and poor tea garden workers. We have written to the Centre for recognition of Sarna religion of the Adivasis. Wages of tea garden workers have increased from Rs 67 to Rs 200 during our tenure,” she added.

Banerjee iterated her government’s decision to announce state holidays on the birthdays of Adivasi icons Birsa Munda and Raghunath Murmu, Rajbanshi icon Panchanan Barma and Matua guru Harichand Thakur. “We have named the second campus of Cooch Behar University after Panchanan Barma. The government has also introduced a certificate course on Rajbanshi language. As many as 52,000 students are pursuing the course.”

She also told the gathering how her government has arranged for free rations under Khadya Sathi and free treatment up to Rs 5 lakh annually under Swasthya Sathi. After her speech, the chief minister danced with a group of Adivasi women to the beatings of dhamsa.



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