Guwahati building Byelaws need to be rectified: Tribunal

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Guwahati: Guwahati building Byelaws need to be rectified. The Assam Real Estate Appellate Tribunal (REAT) on Thursday sought to rectify some of the shortcomings in the 2014 Guwahati Building By-Laws to protect the interests of home buyers.

Delivering its judgment on two appeals filed by three entities against the Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA), Assam REAT pointed out that it was completely silent on the role of competent authority in verifying the 2014 by-laws supplementary report.
Completion reports must be submitted by the architects in the prescribed formats. He further added that without such certification by the authority, deviations from approved plans and layout plans, if any, would not be noticed.

The judgment, delivered by Assam REAT Chairperson Justice (Retd) Manojit Bhuyan and Member Onkar Kedia, also said that it could lead to prejudice against home buyers and far-reaching negative as far as home buyers are concerned. There can be consequences.
The tribunal also noted that in the Guwahati Building By-Laws of 2014, no format has been prescribed for issuance of certificate of possession by the concerned authority. This too needs to be brought to the notice of the appropriate authority. Said in a statement.

In the same decision, Assam REAT asked RERA, Assam to remove the difficulties faced by the builders in registering their ongoing projects.

“According to the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016, projects which were in progress on the date of commencement of the Act and for which no certificate of completion has been issued, must be registered with RERA,” he said. Added.

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