Housing minister Naidu expresses concern, asks states to notify real estate rules

Expressing dissatisfaction over the failure of many states to notify the real estate rules, as well as dilution of the rules, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, has asked the chief ministers of all states to ensure that the law is followed in its true spirit

Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu has asked the chief ministers to soon notify the rules under the Real Estate Act, which came into force on May 1, 2017.

“It is a matter of concern that the real estate rules have so far been notified, only in respect of 14 states and union territories,” Naidu said. The states and UTs that have notified are Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Kerala, Maharashtra, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, besides Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Chandigarh, Dadra and Nager Haveli, Daman and Diu, Delhi and Lakshadweep.

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The minister also expressed deep concern over reports that some states/UTs have diluted the key provisions of the Act.

“You would agree that the Act of Parliament has a certain inviolable sanctity and there can no such dilution of the provisions of the Act and the spirit of the Act,” Naidu said in his letter to the chief ministers.

He asked the states to set up the regulatory authority and the appellate tribunal under the Act. “Only Madhya Pradesh has so far reported to have set up the regulator. You would agree that this does not do justice to the concern and the spirit with which Parliament passed this historic legislation,” Naidu said.

The Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill, 2016 was passed by Parliament in March last year and all the 92 sections of the Act came into effect from May 1, 2017. The Act required the states to notify the rules by October 31, 2016 and stipulated that regulatory authorities and tribunals be set up by April 30, 2017.

Naidu said no new projects can be offered by developers to buyers, without their registration with the regulatory authority. This, he said, therefore warrants putting in place the real estate rules, the regulatory authority and the appellate tribunals immediately. “I request you to review the progress of implementation of this important Act and draw up a clear road map, to ensure that necessary and quick measures are taken, to ensure that the Act is implemented in letter and spirit,” Naidu said.

He also asked the states to inform him of the progress made so far and the course of action proposed in this regard.

Besides, Naidu asked the chief ministers to review the progress of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) scheme in their states. He asked them to direct the concerned department to speed up the submission of proposals to his ministry under the scheme so that the construction of affordable houses could be completed by 2022.

 

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