Protest is good. But not enough.
To eradicate corruption builders & property buyers must join hands:
For years, corruption was builders' Aladdin's Genie! Even for a normal & regular work, builders were paying bribes to big & small politicians, bureaucrats & their peons to get the things done. And they were happy about it.
The bribes have become just an additional expenses - administration charges - extra fees. Which any builder can easily recover by looting property buyers. By hiking property prices. By charging exorbitant amounts for Infrastructure, MSEB, Society Formation, Legal Fees, Preferential Location Charges (PLCs), Floor Rise, etc.
Fact of the matter is, the builders have become looting agents of politicians & bureaucrats in Maharashtra. Corruption has given them license to loot property buyers. Real estate industry has become 'criminal enterprise' of corrupt politicians & bureaucrats.
But after the suicide of Mr. Suraj Parmar of Cosmos Group and president of Thane chapter of Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry (Credai-MCHI), builders suddenly realized that they themselves have become the victim of corruption. The corrupt politicians & bureaucrats are exploiting them too. And, they are as vulnerable as property buyers.
The corruption is no more an Aladdin's Genie. Corruption is a monster. Builders have realized. On 13th October 2015 they have decided to protest against corruption. All the members of CREDAI, are going to observe protest with closure of offices, sites office, registration and construction work throughout the country.
Good! Protest against corruption is a good step. But not enough to eradicate corruption.
To clean the system by eradicating corruption builders have to do much more than one day protest. They have to join hands with the property buyers. Says Mr. Vijay Sagar of Akhil Bharatiya Grahak Panchayat Pune.
Together we can open a war against the corrupt system & win it too. Says Vijay Sagar.
Of course, first builders must stop looting & extorting property buyers. The builders have to rationalize the property rates. Stop demanding exorbitant charges for Infrastructure, MSEB, Society Formation, Legal Fees, Preferential Location Charges (PLCs), Floor Rise, etc.
If the builders do this - property buyers will help & assist them to get sanctions & approvals, NOCs, completion & occupancy certificates and all required services from collector, town planning, PMRDA, PCMC & PMC offices - fast & without paying any bribe. Says Vijay Sagar.
Together we can fight for rationalization of ready reckoner rates, low stamp duty, VAT, service charges, double taxation and all other issues.
Together we can fight for low development charges, better infrastructure & efficient implementation of development plans.
Even for fair real estate bill.
Grahak Panchayat believes that property buyers & builders are actually two sides of the same coin. Our interests are common. We all are consumers of the state & local government.
And at the end of the day - the bribes you pay is our - property buyers - hard earned money.
If the property buyers refused to pay - the builders will be Na Ghar Ke Na Ghaat Ke.
Instead of that, if builders join hands with property buyers - it will become people's movement against corruption. And you know, corrupt politicians & bureaucrats have always proved powerless against the people's movements.
So, if you are truly against the corruption - members of CREDAI Pune Metro, Marathi Bandhkam Vyavsayik Association and all other associations of the builders & developers - you must join hands with property buyers. Together we will eradicate corruption. That would be true Shradhanjali to Mr. Suraj Parmar of Cosmos Group. Says Mr. Vijay Sagar is this Hindi video.
1) Credai calls nationwide protest in solidarity with Suraj Parmar
2) 'Fee' for every square foot - Builders reveal bribe chart
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