The bench will operate from the old building of the Greater Noida Authority’s office in Gamma 2. The building had been lying vacant since the Authority’s office was shifted to Knowledge Park IV. Two of the bench members will hear cases in the Greater Noida office, while the remaining two will be in Lucknow.
Although Rera has been operational in the state since April 2017, it was only last week that the state appointed former chief secretary Rajive Kumar as its full-time chairman. Kumar replaced Nitin Ramesh Gokarn, principal secretary (housing), who was the interim chairman.
A bench of the Rera committee had been a long-standing demand of homebuyers and residents of Noida and Ghaziabad. Sources said the decision to set up a bench in Greater Noida had been driven by the fact that around 80% of the complaints related to housing had come from Noida and Ghaziabad, which has seen a real estate boom over the last decade.Sources said around 6,000 applications related to real estate were waiting to be heard across the state, of which 4,000 were from Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad region. UP Rera has four team members in total, who will sit on rotation in the offices in Greater Noida and Lucknow. The Greater Noida bench will hear cases every day so that the backlog can be cleared.
“We are setting up mobile courts so that Rera officers can get closer to complainants. By setting up a bench to Greater Noida, the hearing process has been decentralised. Now with the mobile courts, the process will get streamlined further,” a committee member said.
Apart from Rajive Kumar, the state has appointed Kalpana Mishra, Bhanu Pratap Singh and Balvinder Kumar as members of the Rera commitee. While Mishra is from the judiciary, Singh is a former IPS officer. Balvinder Kumar had served as vice-chairman of the Lucknow Development Authority.