GUWAHATI, Nov 13: Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) has urged the government to formulate a specific law to safeguard the interest of apartment dwellers and local residents. Insisting on specific guidelines (maybe like the one in Maharashtra State Apartment Association Act 1970), the Forum lays emphasis on a healthy media debate over the matter. “We need to create adequate public awareness about the rights and obligations of the family members residing in a housing premise. The rights of those residents while purchasing the flats from builders/developers and also in their society itself should be clarified,” said a statement issued by JFA president Rupam Barua and secretary Nava Thakuria.
The forum also added that the specific law should also deal with the rights of the tenants in a housing complex. Moreover, the responsibility/obligations of those apartment residents towards their neighbourhood in a particular locality should also be included in the guidelines.
“In many cases it is observed that the builders/developers use deep boring (welling) to extract water for the apartment residents causing alarming depletion of ground water level in that locality. It directly affects the neighboring families, who cannot afford to drilling, particularly in the winter season,” asserted the statement.