26 July, Gurugram: Unsatisfied with the newly imposed RERA (Real Estate Regulatory Authority) rules imposed by Haryana government on Tuesday, the homebuyers of Gurgaon have planned to seek legal help to get rid of the problem permanently. According to them the central RERA rules have been modified to suit the requirement of the developers and are for their benefit. The plan to seek legal help is in order to get a stronger RERA.

They are also planning for a statewide protest to let the right authorities know about their discomfort with the current RERA rules. Foreseeing the coming of a “diluted RERA”, the citizens have already started seeking for legal opinions.

Gurgaon Citizens’ Council (GCC), Federation of Apartments Owners’ Association (FAOA) and others organizations are well determined to take the legal course and take the battle to the next level. Shephalika Sharma, vice president, FAOA, said, “We are planning a larger movement across the country. The RERA, as notified by the Haryana government, has been disappointing but it was something that we anticipated. The FAOA is writing to the Prime Minister’s office and the ministry of housing and urban poverty alleviation (HUPA), which had conceptualized the RERA. Collective action at a pan-India level will be initiated by forums such as the Undiluted RERA, Fight for RERA, FAOA and others to ensure that the law is uniform across the country and in line with the provisions stated by the Centre,” she said.

RS Rathee, president of GCC, said, “Our main point of contention is regarding private colonies that have failed to fulfill terms and conditions of the license agreement for the past 30 years. That is why not a single developer has obtained a completion certificate (CC) in the past three decades. We cannot trust the government to ensure timely delivery of homes to lakhs of buyers who bought houses in projects that are delayed. We wanted all licensed colonies, both old and new, to be brought under the RERA for speedy redressal of grievances”.

A recently conducted survey done by a private consultant at the behest of the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram ahead of the takeover of these colonies by the civic body states that old colonies like Sushant Lok, DLF, Palam Vihar and Suncity have several infrastructural deficiencies. Rathee said “We will try to ensure that all forums come together under one umbrella for the purpose,” also adding that the homebuyers and residents will file a petition in the appropriate court.