All unregistered projects stayed by Delhi REAT


In a move that will help homebuyers, Delhi’s Real Estate Tribunal on November 24 stayed all construction activity on unregistered projects.

Taking note of Delhi Police’s stand that it is investigating at least 27 FIRs registered against societies/individuals fraudulently offering membership of housing projects, the Real Estate Appellate Tribunal noted that even though builders are covered under the Rera Act, several projects have been constructed without seeking the mandatory registration.

“The object of the statute is to redress the grievances, if any, of the buyer against any builder in transactions of residential and commercial projects and to further ensure the timely completion of the projects. These objectives are not meant to be flouted by some unscrupulous people for their own benefit. They must be strictly complied with,” observed a bench headed by Justice Chander Shekhar. 

It said in view of rampant violations, “all construction activity in NCT of Delhi, residential as well as commercial, being undertaken without registration with Rera is stayed till the registration of their project.

“The commissioner and the executive engineers of all municipal corporations concerned, Delhi Development Authority, New Delhi Municipal Council and the police commissioner, through the SHOs of local police stations concerned, shall ensure that no further construction activity is continued in the absence of Rera registration with immediate effect,” the bench added.

It directed that the field staff of all authorities, including the corporations, will carry out a survey of properties under construction in their jurisdiction and “take necessary steps in terms of this order, take photographs as also the details of the developers.”

The tribunal also asked the three municipal authorities not to grant sanction of building plans regarding such projects unless they obtain registration with the Real Estate Regulatory Authority appointed under the Act.

Abhinav Garg, TNN, Delhi/NCR

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