Real estate regulatory bill must cover all stakeholders: CREDAI

Terming real estate regulatory bill as a populist measure, realtors' body CREDAI today said the proposed law should govern all stakeholders of the industry and not only the developers. The Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill, to be introduced in the next session of Parliament, will further increase the cost of development and delay projects, the association said.

"We want regulator. But like regulators in other sectors such as telecom and insurance, it should govern all the stakeholders," Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI) Chairman Lalit Kumar Jain said at an Assocham conference. The planning authorities, banks and other government authorities do not come under this legislation, he added.

"It (the bill) is a populist measure that will please consumers. Bring regulator with proper design and understanding of business," Jain said. He noted that developers already have to take a number of approvals from various government authorities that take anywhere between 6-18 months and now they would have to register their projects with regulators. Jain also feared that "now those developers who are not politically aligned, they will have to politically align".

However, it said the need for single-window clearances in the shortest possible time has become pressing.