It has been a month since Jharkhand has notified the Real Estate (Regulation & Development) Act , but still it is struggling to appoint the members and permanent chairman for its RERA.
The Central government directed all the states to notify the Act by 1st May 2017. Jharkhand along with many other states failed to do the same on the given deadline. After delaying more than two months, the Jharkhand government implemented RERA on 26th July. The government mandated developers to register their ongoing projects with the authority by 31st July 2017 which further extended to 31st August 2017.
The real estate sector in Jharkhand is mushrooming but realty scam such as Sanjeevani proves that the state’s real estate sector is largely unregulated. Although RERA exists in the state, lack of officials such as a permanent Chairman and members of RERA along with an official portal of Jharkhand RERA is stammering the voice of this realty watchdog.
As per the sources in the know, the state government has appointed Arun Kumar Singh, Principal Secretary of Jharkhand Urban Development Department as the interim Chairman of Jharkhand RERA but he is unable to assist the realtors and buyers due to the extra workload with his main charge.
As per the RERA Jharkhand rules, a project without an occupancy certificate is dubbed as an ongoing project. In Jharkhand, there was no norm to obtain occupancy certificate, thus most of the old-functional projects in the state do not have the occupancy certificate. Now, getting an occupancy certificate for old projects and applying for the RERA registration for the same would entail expense which will be a burden on developers.
A source from the Jharkhand Urban Development Department stated that the government has appointed a selection committee headed by Chief Justice of Jharkhand or his nominee. The committee will suggest the names for the post of RERA Jharkhand Chairman and its members to the state government.