Government Gives Consent To Housing Bill Provisions

Goregaon Mumbai

The much-debated Maharashtra Housing (Regulation and Development) Bill, which contains provisions for the setting up of housing regulatory, cleared another milestone on Friday when governor K Sankarnarayanan gave a verbal consent to the contents of the bill.
Following a presentation of the state housing department on 17th August, governor K Sankarnarayanan gave a verbal consent to the contents of the bill. Approved by the state legislature in the monsoon session of the assembly, the bill was sent to the governor’s office for consideration.
Based on a representation of consumer protection groups, the governor’s office sought the housing department’s clarification on objections to its contents. Additional chief secretary (housing) Gautam Chatterjee visited Raj Bhavan on Friday for the purpose.
The housing department argued that the bill was meant to safeguard the interests of flat buyers in new projects and measures to ensure this had been incorporated. It said independent mechanism was in place or was being incorporated to address grievances in the case of redevelopment projects.
It further argued that heavy fines were the best practice to ensure speedy justice. Provisions allowing the regulator to prosecute habitual offenders existed in the Act, an official said.
Objections regarding the outer time limit of four months for society registration and allotment of FSI between the developer and the society in multi-phase projects were raised. The department was able to convince the governor that its provisions were in the interest of buyers, a source said.
Source: The Times of India


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