MahaRERA’s silence haunts Navi Mumbai homebuyer

Mumbai: A homebuyer from Navi Mumbai, Prashant Sonawane, 38, has been awaiting a reply from the Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA), regarding his complaint over the delay in possession of his flat, for the last two months. However, the authority, after conducting three hearings— the first on July 6, the second one on August 3 and the third one on August 31, failed to resolve his complaint, alleges Sonawane.

He told the Free Press Journal he had written several letters to the authority and also emailed them with details about his pending case hearing, but has not yet received a reply so far. The silence of MahaRERA is haunting me. I am not sure whether I will get justice. The builder has retracted from his commitment of handing over the flat on the agreed date and therefore, I have approached the authority” he said.

Sonawane said MahaRERA has been formed to address the grievances of homebuyers but he is sceptical about its functioning, as he has no information on the status of his case. In 2016, Sonawane had invested in Arihant Clan Aalishan, a project in Taloja. He had paid the builder around `14 lakh and was promised the possession of his flat by 2021. “However, after the project obtained MahaRERA registration, the builder changed the date of possession from 2021 to 2024. I am paying 10 per cent interest on my bank loan. I have mortgaged my house to secure the loan and now, I am afraid,” he said.

He has requested MahaRERA to direct the builder to return the money he has invested, along with 10 per cent compensation from 2016 to date. Vasant Prabhu, the secretary of MahaRERA had not responded to this newspaper’s queries and phone calls at the time of writing.

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