Interestingly, the regulator has gathered information about these projects through emails sent by various people on a specific email id floated to find out about projects that need registration but have not been registered.
“Most of these cases are from the jurisdiction outside of Mumbai. Some are from places like Bhiwandi and places that fall under gram panchayats. They do not have approvals in place from the competent authorities, like the town planning department,” said Gautam Chatterjee, chairman of MahaRERA.
Over the past one year, MahaRERA has received about 9,000 e-mails giving details of such projects. Of this, about 7,300 emails were found to be valid. The total number of projects that were reported through these emails stood at 706, of which 77 were registered by the authority after levying a penalty. While there are 89 projects yet to be registered, the authority found that 293 projects were under development without any approvals.
This essentially means that more than 290 buildings are being constructed without permissions from the respective authorities and action needs to be taken on these illegal constructions.
Maharashtra was among the first few states, besides Punjab and Madhya Pradesh, to notify rules under the RERA. Maha RERA was established after all sections of the Real Estate (Regulation & Development) Act, 2016, came into force on May 1, 2017.
According to the regulation, all projects that have not received Occupation Certificate and are being sold or marketed must be registered with the authority. Of all the state regulators, MahaRERA has achieved the highest number of registrations – of about 16,000 projects – out of a total 27,000 registered across the country so far.