On 12th October 2018 RERA second Regional seminar was held at Chennai. In his Inaugural address our Hon. Deputy Chief Minister, Govt. of Tamil Nadu O. Panner Selvam said that FSI for the Private building is to be increased from 1.5 FSI to 2.0 FSI. In addition to that an additional FSI of 55% to EWS 30% to LIG and 50% to MIG. And he also requested the Central Minister to be flexible and liberal in handing over the Central Government lands, Railway lands and some of the military lands in places were it is badly in need to the infrastructure developments of the state. Accepting few points the Chief Guest Shri Hardeep S. Puri, Hon’ble Minister of State I/C, Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, Govt. of India has emphasized the need of the RERA so as to be beneficial to both builders and the consumers and he also said such regional workshops will be conducted in various other places throughout the country and the third such workshop will be conducted in the near future in Eastern Zone i.e. in Kolkatta.
Representing the Southern State under the heading of “ Protection of Home Buyers” some of the welfare Association representatives put up some points. Four speakers from Tamil Nadu and one from Hyderabad spoke about the drawbacks and delays in handing over of their flats. They expressed that the guarantee period of five years has to be given more importance and the builders are responsible for any defect in construction as well completion of the project in time.
Representing the developers nine speakers from various Southern States gave all their opinion and reply to the consumers. Speaking on the norms the Secretary, CREDAI Chennai Thiru. Mehul Doshi, expressed the difficulty of obtaining sewer and E.B. connection even after obtaining the completion certificate.
Representing Builders Association of India, Southern Centre the Hon.Secretary Mr. L. Shantha Kumar while welcoming the RERA which is beneficial for both the builders and the buyers, emphasized and requested the Government to make a single window system for approval to the buildings and flats to avoid multi agencies which is a big hurdle for the approval of the building plan. Regarding the guarantee period, the buyers should be offered five years for structural and only one year for wear and tear related materials such as sanitary wares and fittings. Though the completion certificates has been accorded the service agencies such as EB and water, Sewer connections are delayed without any time frame. The plan approval needs to be transparent and individual interest on both sides needs to be discouraged.
Speakers Representing Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Pondicherry, Kanarnataka also agreed and endorsed the views and demands put up by Mehul Doshi and L. Shantha Kumar.
The Tamil Nadu State Secretary has also assured to conduct such of these RERA meetings in our state in the near future so as to facilitate good relationship between the builders and home buyers.