Home-buyers’ forums want Bengal Housing Regulation Act repealed
Home-buyers’ forums and an NGO have called for the repeal of West Bengal Housing Industry Regulation Act 2017 (WBHIRA) alleging its provisions to be not in conformity with the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act.
These organisations fear that if West Bengal is successful in implementing its own version of the Act, or WBHIRA, other States may follow suit, defeating the purpose of having a Central Act.
RERA is a Central Act aimed at regulating the real estate sector and ensures protection of home-buyers’ interests. The WBHIRA is the State equivalent of the RERA, but allegedly a much watered-down version some of whose provisions favour developers, rather than home-buyers.
Home-buyers’ organisations, Forum for People’s Collective Efforts (FPCE) and Federation of Apartment Owners Association (FAOA) and the NGO, Namma Bengaluru Foundation, have written to the Union Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs (Independent Charge), Hardeep Singh Puri, on September 1 on the matter.