There is a ray of hope for homebuyers falling prey to unscrupulous local builders, with the state Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) on Tuesday promising speedier response to complaints.
Around 60 complaints are presently pending with RERA and only six orders have been passed against errant developers so far in the two years of implementation of the RERA Act in the state favouring homebuyers.
Speaking to this daily, chairman of Goa RERA S Kumarswamy said that the hearing of grievances was held up due to absence of a permanent authority. “Since our appointment from October 22 onwards,
we have immediately fast-tracked the hearing of cases,” he said.
Kumarswamy said that the authority is working quickly to dispose the cases. “We have already divided hearing of complaints between ourselves and hope to clear the backlog of complaints in two months’ time,” he said.
He said that the state administrative tribunal will officiate as the RERA Tribunal for the time being. “The government has decided not to have a full-time appellate tribunal for hearing of higher appeals. The responsibility is given to the Goa administrative tribunal as of now,” said Kumarswamy. He said that the appointment of an adjudicator has been also sought to decide on the amount of compensation in claim cases. At present, the compensation is being decided by RERA.
On October 19, the state government reconstituted the RERA panel and appointed a three-member authority headed by Kumarswamy with J B Singh, former IAS officer, and P V Kamat, retired district judge, as the two other members.
Implementation of RERA in the state has been slow. The draft RERA rules were announced in August 2017 while the final notification came in November 2017. The lacklustre implementation is because of the absence of a permanent authority and inability of the government to put into effect all the provisions of the rules, according to housing litigants.
Kumarswamy said, “As per our assessment, most of the real estate builders in the state are RERA registered. Presently we are trying to sensitise the municipal authorities and the TCP on timely grant of permissions, which is one of the reasons for delay in completion of housing projects.”
He added that the authority has called for a meeting with members of the real-estate body CREDAI-Goa to increase awareness of the laws governing RERA.