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Gurugram homebuyers to move consumer court against Haryana RERA

Gurugram: A group of homebuyers, unhappy with the provisions of Haryana’s Real Estate Regulation Act (Rera), are planning to knock on the doors of the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) to protect their interests.

The buyers, who have invested in various ongoing real estate projects across Gurgaon, have already lodged several complaints with the Haryana government, expressing serious concerns over the “dilution” of the central Act. They alleged that the state Act, though was touted as a tool for safeguarding the interests of homebuyers, ended up being largely tilted in favour of developers.

Citing an example, Prakhar Sahay, a homebuyer, said a Mumbai-based developer had been delaying the process for giving possession at a project at Sector 95 for the past seven years. After the Rera rollout, it has now applied for an occupation certificate. “So basically, the developer is going scot-free despite harassing the homebuyers for all these years. Because the state government has tweaked the definition of an on-going project by keeping those, which have applied for an occupation certificate, outside the purview of H-Rera,” Sahay explained.

Gaurav Prakash, a new Gurgaon resident who has invested in another project, said the NCDRC (consumer court) was the only hope for buyers. “The commission does not differentiate on the basis of an occupation certificate or a completion certificate,” Prakash added.

Som Bakshi, who has bought a property from M3M developer, said they too were planning to file a complaint with NCDRC. “Developers are expected to pay penalty for delay in projects registered under the Rera. However, buyers, who have invested in the projects that remain outside the purview of the Act, will still have to run from pillar to post,” he explained.

Nikhil Sarup, co-founder of Lawrato, a Delhi-based legal startup, said the dilution of the central Act would see a rise in the number of cases lodged with NCDRC.

“Rera was expected to make grievance redressal more convenient for buyers. That was the reason why people were eagerly waiting for its roll-out. But, with so many investors, especially in NCR, complaining about the Act, pressure on the commission is bound to increase in coming days,” said Sarup.

Also, sources said already 13,708 cases were pending at the national commission.

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