Pradeep Pattanayak

The Odisha Real Estate Regulatory Authority (ORERA) has formed a special cell called the Conciliation and Dispute Resolution (CDR) cell to resolve disputes between flat/house buyers and builders. 

With the establishment of the ORERA’s Conciliation and Dispute Resolution (CDR) cell, the disputes concerning apartments can now be solved without the intervention of the RERA Court. 

The court is getting around 45 to 60 such cases every month. 

The cell will have five members - a secretary, a joint secretary, a legal advisor, a representative each from the Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Association of India (CREDAI) and the Apartment Buyers’ Association.  

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The ORERA court can send any dispute to the CDR cell. If both parties want to end their dispute through mutual understanding, then also the dispute can be sent to the cell. If the dispute is solved, it will be recorded. Else, the dispute will return to the ORERA court. 

“We want to give an opportunity to those who want to end their disputes through mutual understanding. So we have opened a cell. If both the parties agree to end the dispute, they have to inform the court,” said ORERA chairman Siddhanta Das. 

While the CREDAI has welcomed the move, real estate activists are doubtful of its performance. 

“It is a good initiative. In Maharashtra, 60 to 70 percent of cases have been resolved through this cell,” observed CREDAI Odisha chairman, D S Tripathy. 

Expressing his doubt, real estate activist Bimalendu Pradhan said, “The ORERA has formed the CDR cell without following the guidelines laid down in the RERA. Now the question is, are the decisions taken at the CDR cell legally valid?”

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