The Kolkata Municipal Corporation is exploring options to bring small promoters under the Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) Regulation and Development Act. The civic body is also planning to stop the registration of flats without completion certificates. The decision was announced by KMC mayor Firhad Hakim after the ‘Talk to Mayor’ programme today.
The announcement comes after complaints from flat owners. “It has been observed that without obtaining the completion certificate, possession is being given. I have asked the IGR to write a letter as to how registration is being done without a CC. The reason is that without a CC, it could be possible that the fire clearance has not been obtained.
If someone starts living there without a fire clearance and there is a blaze, who would be responsible?” asked Mr Hakim. The civic body is also considering options if small promoters could be brought under the RERA Act. In case of big promoters, they have to pay an amount with interest as per the RERA Act, in situations of irregularities. The civic body is exploring options if small promoters could be brought under the act while sanctioning of plans.
Apart from this, the KMC is also to set up a dedicated cell for handling ‘thika’ cases. “Thika is being handled directly by the KMC now. Those requiring a lease under it would apply directly to the cell and we would process it and get the further procedures done from the state government. For this, a dedicated cell has to be set up so that the ‘thika’ related works could be expedited,” added the mayor.