PANAJI: During a recent meeting convened by the Goa Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) it was decided that taluka-level committees will be formed to resolve long-pending cases of property buyers against builders.
The meeting, chaired by Goa RERA interim regulator and urban development secretary Sudhir Mahajan, had been convened to discuss programmes to create awareness among consumers about their rights under the new RERA regime.
Urban development director R Menaka, civil supplies and conusmers affairs director Sandhya Kamat, representatives of engineers, institute of chartered accountants and civil registrar and the manager of a leading bank were among those present at the meeting.
Lorna Fernandes, a representative of consumer action network GOACAN, said consumers under the old system are likely to raise their long-pending grievances. “There are a lot of people who have suffered in the past and have cases pending in consumer courts and before conciliation committees,” she said.
Officials agreed and Desh Prabhudesai, president of the Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India, said small taluka-level committees could be formed to sort out the old cases.
The new RERA regime is expected to bring in more transparency in transactions and protect buyers from unfair practices resorted to by builders. In the past, many buyers had not been provided accommodation despite paying money or sale deeds had not been executed to make transactions foolproof.
Regarding awareness programmes, Menaka said these would also be conducted at the grassroots level, unlike in the past when they were held in municipal areas, whereas many projects were coming up in villages.
It was also suggested that the RERA website be made more user-friendly and that information about registered projects be made available to citizens.