States led by UP and Gujarat have begun diluting provisions of the Real Estate (Regulation & Development) Act, which notify the rules for regulation of the sector. Both states have let off most ongoing real estate projects which have been delayed for long and remain a worry for thousands of home buyers awaiting delivery.

While UP has come up with four exemptions to exclude incomplete projects from the category of “ongoing projects”, Gujarat has exempted all projects launched before notification of the rules. This means such projects won’t have to be registered with the real estate regulator in these states.

On the contrary, the law enacted by the Centre earlier this year provides for mandatory registration of all “ongoing projects” that have not received completion certificate.

“The central law, which is binding on all states, does not differentiate between ongoing and future projects for registration. However, it provides for registration of incomplete projects within three months from the commencement of the Act,” said an official here.

The norms notified by UP excluded projects in which services had been handed over to the local authority for maintenance, common areas and facilities that had been handed over to RWAs for maintenance and where development work had been completed and sale and lease deeds of 60% houses executed.

“This dilutes norms laid down in the law and will help builders avoid the mandatory regulatory provisions,” the central government official said.