Develeopers and property owners have turned a blind eye to a public notice issued by Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC), asking them to seek occupancy certificates for new buildings. The 15-day deadline set by the civic body for submission of applications expired on Monday.
“Not a single builder or building owner applied for the certificates in the past 15 days. We are clueless as to why our directive fell on deaf ears,” said an official of Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC).
According to norms, a property owner has to get a map approved by the RMC before constructing a building, whether residential or commercial. Once the structure is ready, the person concerned has to get a completion certificate from the architect and submit the same to RMC for occupancy certificate.
However, a majority of new buildings that have mushroomed around the state capital have not bothered to follow the rules. Instead, after the buildings got ready, the owners simply walked in, prompting the civic body to issue the public notice on October 15.
“We opened office today (Monday) after the holidays. We are aware that developers and property owners have not responded to our notice. We will discuss the issue and take a call on our future course of action,” said Gopalji Tiwari, deputy chief executive officer of RMC.
Asked why realtors and property owners were not adhering to the civic rulebook, Kumud Jha, president of Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Association of India (Jharkhand chapter), could not come up with any specific reason. “Quite a few have applied for occupancy certificates and are waiting for the same from the civic body,” was his clipped reply.
RMC has approved over 1,500 blueprints of buildings over the past three years. Though construction of over 70 per cent of buildings has been completed, only 3 per cent procured occupancy certificates.