Mumbai: Housing body yet to upload projects sans OC on website

Mumbai: With just two months left for uploading real estate projects on Real Estate Regulatory Act website, the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) is yet to ascertain its number of on-going projects that lack Occupation Certificates (OC).

Officials confirmed that as of now there are over 50 such projects that are yet to be uploaded.

MHADA is bound to upload its projects of past five years before RERA deadline July 31. A MHADA official said RERA is also one of the major reasons behind the delay in MHADA lottery 2017 as the authority will not be allowed to sell flats if its projects do not have OC.

He added, “This further delays the lottery as we will have to acquire the certificates from Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation after which we can initiate the lottery process.”

An OC is issued by the BMC to signify that the building is complete as per the approved plan and is in compliance with law without which it is difficult to get water and power connections.

Instances of delay in possession of MHADA flats recently came into light wherein around 400 winners of MHADA lottery 2015 did not receive possession since the buildings did not had an occupation certificate.

Residents of Gavanpada at Mulund are awaiting the possession of their flats for two years. Officials blamed the corporation for the delay in issuing certificates. However, several other documentation work of the project is still pending.

According to RERA, each state will set up a regulatory body to solve the disputes between the buyer and the developer.

Meanwhile, statistics show about 37,000 complaints, of home buyers, are pending in various consumer forums. Surprisingly, Mumbai, alone accounts for some 15,000 cases.

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