Rashmi Ranjan

The Odisha government’s decision to withdraw three crucial bills including the Odisha Apartment (Ownership & Management) Bill, 2023 after introducing them in Assembly has triggered a debate in the State.

While real estate experts attribute pressure from builders as the reason behind the withdrawal of the much-awaited legislation, the scrapping of the bill has again pushed the apartment owners into the dark.

The Bill had proposed more power to the apartment associations, provision for ease in apartment registration and norms that allows registration of the common area of the apartment in the name of society instead of builders.

“The Law department had already vetted the Bill twice. Moreover, the government has also passed the Bill. We smell something fishy in the government’s decision. The decision might be fallout of lobby by builders,” said Bimalendu Pradhan, a real estate expert.

Meanwhile, the CREDAI is of the opinion that the registration of flats in Odisha cannot be done with the withdrawal of the Bill.

“We were hopeful that the stay on registration would be lifted after the Bill was passed in the Assembly. But we are not sure why it was withdrawn,” said DS Tripathi, president of CREDAI.

The Odisha government also withdrew the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Odisha Amendment) Bill 2023, and the Odisha State Commission for Backward Classes (Amendment) Bill, 2023 after introducing them in the Odisha Legislative Assembly during the recently concluded budget session.

(Reported by Kapilendra Pradhan and Harihar Chand, OTV)