The real estate sector has faced numerous challenges and RERA has been one of the resorts that brought in significant improvements in the real estate sector. Now, to dilute the impact of the COVID pandemic on the sector, can RERA bring in more efficiency and transparency? Throwing light on this, Rohitashwa Poddar, MD, Poddar Housing and Development Ltd., addressed the National Housing Summit.
He said, ”Poddar Group is not known for real estate, however, we entered the industry to work for the Affordable Housing Scheme of the Government of India. Since the inception, we had followed the best practices but with the formation of MahaRERA made a gigantic difference in making the people understand the right developer.” As a consequence of the formation of MahaRERA platform, businesses have seen a positive rise, he added.
He expressed his gratitude towards MahaRERA saying, “I am thankful to MahaRERA for drawing a clear line between the ethical and non-ethical developers. This has not only helped the customers to buy better but has also been of great help to those who are clean. I hope this continues in the future as well. Also, I hope to see more performance-based matrices to be launched for helping people to buy the best.”
Calling RERA a pro-economy measure, Poddar said that before this came in existence there was a division of trust among the buyers. Therefore, the RERA is neither a pro-customer nor a pro-developer but a pro-economy measure. “It has made the entire system more transparent and accountable. Moreover, it helped in the growth of GDP and it will also help the real estate sector to have a significantly higher percentage of the GDP as we grow forward and become a more developed economy.”
He backed the words of Nayan A Shah, saying, “If we have RERA address the interests of all the stakeholder and hold all stakeholders responsible, I completely agree that we have to have regulatory authorities.” On this note, he requested the RERA authorities to consider the concern raised that is holding each stakeholder responsible. “In affordable housing, we work on very thin margins and delays in getting approvals makes the project costlier for the customer or our project become unviable to the degree that we cannot launch it”, added Poddar as he concludes his address.
Raising a request following the valediction of Rohitashwa Poddar’s address, Nayan A Shah raised a concern to Dr Vijay Satbir Singh that there are two legislations that govern the real estate sector in Maharashtra, Maharashtra Ownership of Flats (MOFA) and MahaRERA. “This causes confusion. We request you to kindly look into it that if MOFA can be scrapped so that there is only one legislation.”