Goa has recently requested the Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA) to hear complaints on behalf of its State regulator, Goa Real Estate Regulatory Authority (GoaRERA). According to MahaRERA officials, only 20 cases have been filed with the Goa tribunal, and a decision can only be made by the Maharashtra government after due consideration.
Meanwhile, the regulatory authority is headed by Sudhir Mahajan. However, a fulltime RERA authority has already been shortlisted by the panel. It is to be noted that a resentful homeowner can only file a complaint with the appellate tribunal once the State regulator passes an order. The Bombay High Court’s (HC’s) Goa bench will hear any further appeal.
MahaRERA has been one of the most active regulatory authorities and holds the distinction of having registered maximum projects and disposal of cases across India. Till date, it has received 19,202 applications for registering new projects. As many as 651 cases have been filed with the appellate tribunal, of which 184 complaints are being heard while orders have been issued for the remaining 177 cases.
In May 2018, MahaRERA formed its appellate tribunal. Retired Justice Indira Jain was appointed as the President of the tribunal, while Sumant Kolhe was appointed as its judicial member. S S Sandhu was designated as the technical and administrative member of the tribunal. The objective of forming the tribunal was to enable homebuyers and developers to overrule a judgement given by the State regulator, thus allowing them to file an appeal in the tribunal.