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Whether RERA and sanctioning authorities protecting the builders or buyers ?


Whether RERA and sanctioning authorities protecting the builders or buyers ?

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  • Whether RERA and sanctioning authorities protecting the builders or buyers ?

    Whether RERA and sanctioning authorities protecting the builders or buyers ?

    In the existing condition there is no guarantee that RERA safe guards the consumers from BIG-Bs. For Example, One of Chennai, Tamilnadu based Grand builder of ongoing project seems to circumvent RERA by saying that bookings are prior to RERA and any demand on the basis of RERA is not applicable. Similarly, there are many deviations such as reduced carpet area, no municipal water and sewage connections even within the city limits. One such ongoing premium project is situated almost on the biggest garbage dump yard in the OMR, PERUNGUDI, Chennai. The minimum price of a flat including registration and other charges is estimated around Rs.1crore, the projects will accommodate hundreds of innocent residents near future especially senior citizen and children in life threatening environment. In particular, more critical issue that one of the projects is being developed near the huge garbage dump yard, which is directed by court few years bacj to close down due to health hazards.

    A gross negligence by the builder is the presence of dumping yard has not been documented by the builders in their brochure distributed to the buyers or brought to the notice of buyers in any form till date. It is responsibility of the builders to inform the buyers about the pros and cons of the building site. The building under construction is located aerially within half a kilometer distance. On enquiry, it has been conveyed by their builders staff stationed at the site that weekly two or more days, there is a strong and terrible odor coming from the dump yard and often smokes from the burning pollute the area capable of causing lung diseases. High light of the issue is the builders buy the cheap land around the marshland, which is the largest natural rainwater harvesting store large quantity of storm water. The whole area is low lying being close to sea level, and is poorly drained frequently inundate surround areas seasonally. Around 68% of residential waste, 16% commercial waste, 14% institutional waste and 2% industrial waste are the physico-chemical properties of the MSW generated in Chennai, showed that the majority of the waste is composed of green waste (32.3%) and inert materials (34.7%) viz., stones and glass. There are several water ditches created by soil vandalism remain as water ditches around marshland causing mosquito breeding ground.

    The Perungudi garbage dump was opened in 1988 as a landfill now grown into a mountain of waste attaining a height one two storied building. According to studies, 68% of municipal solid waste generated is residential waste, 16% is from commercial waste, 14% institutional waste, 2% industrial waste and the rest consists plastic material and other non-biodegradable substances. It is globally known that leachate generation is a major problem for municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills and causes significant threat to surface water and groundwater. Leachate, according to studies, can be defined as a liquid that passes through a landfill and has extracted dissolved and suspended matter from it. The dumping site covered about 20 ha in 1995 and has grown 44.75 ha in 2002, twice that of the area in 1995. The dumping area is estimated to be 78 ha in 2009, which is again about twice as that of in 2002. Perungudi sewage treatment plant located adjacent to the dumpsite discharges the effluent near to the dumpsite have direct and quick impact and the ground water and the marshy wetland as the waste at the site mixes with the sewage water and contaminates it further. The marsh serves two important functions as flood control in the surrounding areas and groundwater recharge inundate the surrounding residential areas in raining days. Unauthorized digging by vandalisms for landfill soil/sand further aggravates issue as the ditches in the dug site are filled with stagnant water is a potential mosquito breeding grounds. Their greed of the builders to mint short term gain (within 2 years) causing life threading health hazard to the innocent buyer cannot be disputed by anybody. As the dump site located within a low lying Pallikaranai marsh with an extent of 10 km from by 4 km enormous amount of vector especially flies and mosquitoes terribly affecting living are evident from statistics.

    It is well known to the corporation authorities that bio-medical wastes and industrial wastes shall not be mixed with municipal solid wastes and such wastes are regularly dumped in the dumping yard. It is being a potential site of vector breeding ground and potential ground for vector born life-threatening diseases as the surrounding areas have several ditches dug for soil leading to stagnant waters. Thorough examination by civic bodies in such area, what are epidemic diseases prevalent and hazard caused to the habitants and their life expectancy around the yard. No doubt being dumping yard-breading ground of insects such as mosquitoes flies and other rodents transmitting diseases form biomedical waste is another dimension of health hazard. It looks that builders are strongly placed in our society with money and muscle power; general public are taken rides for paying their hard earned money of several lakhs and crores fleeced by the builders.

    Why do builders mislead the buyers by hiding the truth on one side, it is responsibility of the Corporation of Chennai to consider all these aspects in approving the site for construction. In spite of well known issues around the marsh and direction by the Honorable Court to close dumping activities; how? Municipal authority is irresponsible. The awareness and participation of public is equally demanding as other factors such as vector control and sustainable development are vital for housing improvements. It is greatly disappointing and disturbing that how authorities are unmindful of public and the careless attitude of the builders and regulators having least concern about the well being of their customers and lost all the moral values? Albeit, RERA of the state chapter needs careful scrutiny of the project being carried out in PERUNGUDI with high probability of environmental hazards from such a project near the huge city garbage dumps.

    Last edited January 10 2019, 03:03 PM.
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    Re : Whether RERA and sanctioning authorities protecting the builders or buyers ?

    Which builder you are referring to? I have been approached by many builders in the area but I rejected them because of high cost. Since that area is not that much of worth as you mentioned.

    I wanted to stay more cautious. First of all how they got approval itself is the big question.
    Last edited January 18 2019, 11:08 AM.


    • sriminanjal
      sriminanjal commented
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      I am not specific in public about the builders in this post as a principle but if you require please contact me.
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