An Andheri (Mumbai) doctor will get Rs10 lakh as compensation for not getting a clinic worth Rs6 lakh that he had booked in 2004. Vaidehi Akash Housing Pvt Ltd will also have to refund the complainant, Ram Mohan Garg, the Rs6 lakh he paid in 2004. The current market value of the 250-sq ft shop is around Rs80 lakh.
According to the complainant, he got the allotment letter on 4 March 2004 and his payment was acknowledged through a receipt. However, Mr Garg did not receive possession. Mr Garg filed a complaint with the Maharashtra State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission in 2011. The Commission directed the builder to pay Rs6 lakh with 18% interest from 2004. The builder will also have to give Rs1.5 lakh for causing mental agony and costs of the complaint.
With property prices skyrocketing over the past two years, frauds involving property transactions have shot up. To check this, the department of registration and stamps in Mumbai has introduced changes to the registration process. A person will be allowed to testify as witness for only one document a day. This, the officials say, is being done to stop the agents from posing as witnesses without actually knowing the parties involved in the deal. Fresh restrictions have also been imposed in cases involving registration of multiple documents at the same time. It is now mandatory for both parties to declare birth and identification marks at the time of registration. Inspector general of registration,
S Chokalingam, said that although these disclosures will not be a part of the document, they will be used for verification purposes. Mobile phone numbers and email IDs will also be sought.
Builders in Mumbai allege that demands for bribe are holding up construction projects. It is alleged that some junior officials charge Rs50,000 to Rs1 lakh just to put their signature on a file. Former municipal commissioner, Subodh Kumar, had issued a circular in January 2012 that stipulated a maximum of 60 days for building plans to be approved by the BMC and warned the staff that ‘any lapse’ in approving plans within the period would be ‘viewed seriously’. However, this has had no effect.