Rera Association may approach HC over delay in forming rules

Rera Association may approach HC over  delay in forming rules
Members of the Real Estate (Regulation & Development) Act, 2016 (Rera) Association along with many aggrieved citizens are planning to knock the doors of the Karnataka High Court against the government for delay in notifying Rera rules.

They said Rera should have come into effect by end of May, but it is already mid-June and there are no signs of formulating and notifying the rules.

M S Shankar, convenor, Rera-Karnataka chapter, said : “We are going to wait till July 1 and after that file a legal case.”

He said as per Section 20 of Rera, within one year of the notification of the Act, the appropriate government should appoint the real estate regulatory authority, formulate rules and notify them. But so far this has not happened. Going by the time line, the authority should have been in place by April 30 or May 1, 2017. The central government had notified Rera with effect from April 30, 2016.

“Since time has lapsed and none of the authorities has been formed, legal action can be taken against the state government officials. Many meetings have been held between government officials, real estate organisations, builders and the association. But the government has failed to act,” he said.

Many organisations are joining hands against the government. They include aggrieved site allottees of the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA). They say it has been so many years since BDA formed layouts, but it has not yet provided infrastructure like sanitary and water lines. Members of Nadaprabhu Kempegowda Layout Site Owners’, Residents’ Association too have taken up cudgels against the government and BDA. Some members said presently, there is no way for complaints to be filed against the irregularities of BDA.

“In order to save officials from criminal cases under Rera, the government is delaying implementation of the Act,” said Naveen K, a BDA site allottee.

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