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Cabinet move to tame builders

Patna, Nov. 23: Builders, constructing in violation of the approved map of a building, will be penalised Rs 2 lakh, according to a new decision of the state cabinet.

The cabinet approved the Bihar Apartment Ownership (Amendment) Act, 2011, yesterday.

The amendment states that provisions for penalising the builder/developer with Rs 2 lakh, if he is found constructing in violation of the approved map of the building (amendment to Section 17 of the Bihar Apartment Ownership Amendment Act, 2006).

Apart from the fine, the illegal construction could also be immediately stopped and the builder/developer would be liable for imprisonment. Moreover, the amendment act has put certain provisions for flat owners and also for the functioning of the compulsory co-operative society in every apartment.

Shashi Shekhar Sharma, the principal secretary of the state urban development department said: “The cabinet on Tuesday gave its approval to the Bihar Apartment Ownership (Amendment) Act, 2011. The amendment makes it mandatory for the builders/ developers to register themselves with the urban development department according to the provisions of this act (amendment to Section 4 of the Bihar Apartment Ownership Amendment Act, 2006).”

He added: “Every apartment/residential society (having several apartments) would need to compulsorily form a co-operative society and the flat owners would be required to become members of that society (Section 8). Moreover, if the builder/developer fails to give the possession of the flats as stipulated in the agreement then he would be liable to pay penalty for every month from the stipulated possession date (Section 17).”

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