But is anyone listening?
Again raising the issue of the “sham” UP RERA website, the Federation of Apartment Owners Association, or FedAOA, an apex body of flat owners’ association in Ghaziabad, has written to the minister of Urban Planning and Development, with a request to enquire into the issue and set it right. The UP RERA website was launched by the state government amid much hope from flat buyers in July this year.
Speaking to City Spidey, Alok Kumar, president of FedAOA, maintained that the website violated almost all the clauses of Chapter IV of the Uttar Pradesh RERA rules, which mainly dealt with the details real estate developers are to publish on the website. Kumar said that the website had barely 10 per cent of the information it was supposed to have.
“It’s not only the builders, the Authority’s own website is in direct violation of the RERA rules,” Kumar said.
“The website came as such a ray of hope for us. There was a time when we actually felt we would no longer have to file RTIs and make incessant rounds of the development authority to find information on projects, but this website has us,” Kumar added.
Right after the launch of the website, homebuyers and apartment owners called it a half-hearted effort and a misleading gesture of temporary respite. The website is laden with flaws and misleading information. Having flagged these issues on several occasions, the flat owners now say there has been little impact of their efforts and the website remains as is. They also pointed out wrong information of several projects on the website.
But will their voices be heard?