Haryana RERA (H-RERA) has ruled that no developer can charge external development charge (EDC) from a flat buyer of an affordable housing project. H-RERA Chairman Dr KK Khandelwal gave this information at a press meet and said that 54 projects of affordable housing were envisaged for Gurugram, spread over 350 acre. He said that under these affordable projects around 50,000 units were to be readied. So far 37 projects are operational while 16 are non-starters. He further informed that one project namely of Signature Global is complete and 1,000 buyers have got possession in the project.
Khandelwal said that the affordable housing projects were envisage for the middle class wherein flats having 28-60 sq mts of carpet area were to be made. The projects have to be readied in 4 years. He added that several builders who had previously charged EDC had returned the money to the buyers.
There were also complaints against some builders of selling as many forms as the flats and in the process giving guarantee of allotment of a flat by charging them between Rs 1-2.5 lakhs more per flat. This, Khandelwal said was wrong and added that the concerned official has been asked to see that such practice is curbed and sufficient forms are made available.
Khandelwal also informed that rates for various locations are already existent and the builder cannot charge more than that: For Gurugram-Manesar Urban Complex rates are Rs 4,000 per sq ft; for Sohna Development Plan Rs 3,600 per sq ft and for Pataudi and Farukkhnagar the rates are fixed at Rs 3,000 per sq ft; and the builders will charge a buyer according to the carpet area.
He said that no extra charges such as parking and open area an the affordable flat 2-wheeler parking will be free. If GST or a Central tax is levied that will have to be paid by the allottee/ buyer, he said. The flats cannot be sold or transferred before passing of one year.