The state Cabinet on Friday approved establishment of the West Bengal Housing Industry Regulatory Authority (WBHIRA) along with framing rules and creation of 11 posts.

The West Bengal Housing Industry Regulation Bill was passed by the state Assembly in August 2017 to provide transparency in the housing sector and protect the interest of buyers.

The new rules will encourage private investment in the sector. It will also ensure transparency in the procedure of buying and selling of plots, apartments or buildings as well as establish a mechanism for speedy redressal of disputes.

All promoters have to register their projects with the WBHIRA, furnishing all necessary details, including the stipulated time within which they plan to hand over the flats to the consumers.

Through this new law, if any promoter fails to provide a flat to a customer within the stipulated time, there will be a provision to slap a fine on him. The promoter can also be prosecuted under the law.

This apart, the Cabinet gave its nod to the respective places wherein four new universities are to be set up. These include Sister Nivedita University that will be set up in Rajarhat, Biswa Bangla University in Bolpur, Purba Midnapore University in Haldia and Jhargram University in Jhargram. The land identification process is yet to be started for the proposed universities, said a source.

Mamata address: Chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday asked ministers to counter the false propaganda launched by the Opposition parties and maintain peace in their respective areas.

Addressing the state Cabinet meeting at Nabanna, Miss Banerjee expressed her displeasure at the canards allegedly being spread by the Opposition.

She told all ministers to remain at their constituencies and actively campaign for the upcoming panchayat polls. This apart, she also asked ministers to ensure that peace is not disturbed.