The legal metrology department has issued notices to many builders and developers in Bengaluru for using ‘sq ft’ as the unit of measurement in their advertisements. The notices were issued over October-December 2013 by eight flying squad inspectors. Some developers have been issued multiple notices and are liable to pay Rs10,000 as fine for each notice. One builder got six notices. If the fine is not paid, a criminal case will be registered. Apparently, since 1976, builders are required to use square metres instead of square feet. Many builders have started using ‘sq metres’ with ‘sq ft’ measurements in brackets. Strictly speaking, even this is illegal.
Additional Mumbai Suburban District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed Annapi Construction Co to hand over to Rashmi Patil the 790-sq ft flat booked in 1999 in a building in Mulund (Mumbai) and pay Rs12.75 lakh compensation for delay in handing it over. Annapi had given away the flat to another buyer. When the firm did not file its reply, on 16 March 2011, the Forum decided the matter ex parte.
BMC (Bombay Municipal Corporation) will now allot roadside slots in front of buildings only to cars already registered on that address. Many in Mumbai, who do not own parking slots in their buildings, park on the road outside. BMC says it will issue one roadside parking permit per flat on that road. However, this may not be enough to accommodate all the cars. It will be the responsibility of individual housing societies to allot the slots to residents and pay the BMC. The slots will be allotted for particular cars and the numbers will be recorded by the BMC. Even the person who rents the slot cannot keep any other car there. The penalty for misuse of the slots would be Rs50 each time.