NEW DELHI/GURGAON: Booking a flat in a housing or commercial project which has got a licence doesn’t necessarily mean the investment is safe. Considering the increasing number of cases of builders who are not renewing their licences, the department of Town and Country Planning (DTCP) will soon upload the details of the status of licences issued on their website.
The DTCP director general, T C Gupta, said they would also upload the khasra numbers of properties for which licences have been granted. “There have been cases where people take licences for certain properties and show some other plots to the buyers. We need to stop such practices to protect the interest of investors,” he added.
Gupta said in case a licensee does not renew the licence annually by depositing the requisite fee, then development work cannot be allowed. “So there is a need to inform public on this. We have already uploaded all the licences issued by the department. The status of these licences would make people take a conscious decision,” he added.
Sources said that these moves were being opposed by the private developers since they would expose them and compel them to follow norms. They had also vehemently opposed the uploading of all licences last year. The state government has a huge chunk of revenue from change of land use ( CLU) for residential and commercial developments; and stamp duty.
In the past, the Haryana government had made it mandatory for all private realtors to specify their project licence number, layout plans and the total number of apartments to be built in their advertisements so that people book their properties “safely”. It had announced a crackdown on those failing to do so and this could invite a three-year prison term. Haryana was the first state to introduce such a regulation.
Earlier, there were complaints of mushroom building projects which had prompted realtors to put out catchy advertisements with sketchy details. “To ensure that newspapers don’t publish advertisements without the necessary details we had written to all the major newspaper editors. We had asked them to drop such advertisements. It has worked and we have compliance across the state,” said Gupta.
Earlier, there had been several examples where builders had sold apartments well above the licensing authority’s sanctioned limit and the police were receiving regular complaints of fleecing by developers for an invalid project.