oi – Sushil Kumar
BHUBANESWAR, 28 September:
The Odisha government on Tuesday informed the Orissa High Court that it will soon introduce a new Apartment Ownership Act during the hearing of a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) challenging the validity of the Odisha Apartment Ownership (Amendment) Rules, 2021. The state government presented the draft of the revised flat booking agreement in the apartments before the high court. The court, however, said that the Chief Registration Officer (IGR) will examine the draft and decide on its implementation.
During the hearing, the secretary of the Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) personally appeared in the court and tendered an unconditional apology. The apology was made for registering a particular flat owners association despite the High Court’s interim order. On May 12, the HC had passed an interim order banning the registration of sale deeds relating to apartments and flats. It is noteworthy that after the implementation of the new RERA Act by the Central Government, the State Government had sought three months’ time to bring a law on the same lines.
The Chief Registration Officer (IGR) has stopped all registrations after the High Court expressed displeasure over the sale of flats without registration by the Flat Owners Association under the RERA Act. As a result, not a single flat has been registered in the state since May 12. “Our contention was that the Odisha Apartment Ownership (Amendment) Rules 2021 was contrary to the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) – RERA Act, 2016. The Government of Odisha has submitted an undertaking that a new Odisha Apartment Ownership Act will come into force soon. Petitioner Advocate Mohit Agrawal said. Aggarwal said, “The court said that the sooner the Act comes, the better. This will enable the resumption of the sale deed registration process, which has now been put on hold.”
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Odisha will soon implement the new Apartment Ownership Act, submit the draft of flat booking agreement before the High Court
Story first published: Wednesday, September 28, 2022, 17:28 [IST]