PUNE: The MahaRERA cleared 323 of the total 1,100 project registration applications in the last three months following due verification by the respective local bodies.
A majority of the applications cleared (117) was from Pune district, followed by Raigad (52), Thane (48) and Mumbai suburban (35). From June 19, the Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA) started granting registrations only after verification of commencement certificates (CC) issued by the civic bodies. “Only 323 applications have been cleared in the last three months. The rest are in the process,” a senior MahaRERA official said on Tuesday.
The local bodies have been directed to either integrate their website with that of the real estate authority or send separate emails with the CC. “Only Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has initiated the process of integrating its website with that of MahaRERA, while the others are sending emails to the authority,” the official said. Seventy-five builders submitted the CCs personally to MahaRERA, but their applications were not cleared. “Unless MahaRERA receives the CCs from the civic bodies concerned, we will not clear the registration applications,” the official said.
MahaRERA officials said after the local authorities email the CCs, they are compared with those provided by the developers. “The authority made the clearance mandatory from the local authority after bogus documents were submitted for project registration in Kalyan-Dombivli, which led to the de-registration of the projects. A similar issue came to fore in in the Vasai-Virar area last month,” another MahaRERA official said.
Following such fake documents, MahaRERA had asked the state’s urban development department to put in place a system wherein all approvals granted for real estate projects, such as commencement and occupation certificates, are displayed on a dedicated portal by the respective competent authorities to be verified by both the buyers as well as MahaRERA.
“A coordinated system from local authorities will help bring in necessary checks,” said Murli Nair, who recently booked a flat in a MahaRERA registered project in Pune. Maharashtra Society Welfare Association chairperson Ramesh Prabhu
said, “MahaRERA needs to engage the services of some agencies for physical inspection of sites and documents before granting registration to avoid any fraudulent activity.”