Four condominiums in Gurugram may face blackout – ET RealEstate

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GURUGRAM: Four condominiums in Gurgaon and two in Faridabad are likely to face outages from Tuesday, when the sanction to use diesel generator (DG) sets from the now-defunct EPCA lapses.

The Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), put in place by the SC-appointed Environment Pollution (Prevention & Control) Authority to tackle air pollution during winter, had kicked in from October 15. However, a total of 19 housing societies that were reliant on gensets for electricity had been granted exemption till November 30 from the ban on them.

While 13 builders have got electricity connections, six societies — Mahendra Homes DSS 4, Siddharta NCR ONE in Sector 95, SS Group in Sector 84 and DLF The Crest in Sector 54 of Gurgaon; and RPS Savana and Kunjeans Height in Faridabad Sector 88 — have failed to complete the process. However, they may get connections in the next two days.

According to the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN), while DLF Crest has completed 90% of the feeder work, the other three Gurgaon societies, as well as the two in Faridabad, are yet to submit bank guarantees. Officials expect the builders to provide these by Tuesday or Wednesday.

“Nine societies in Gurgaon have completed the pending infrastructure work. Two of these, IREO Skyon in Sector 60 and IREO Victory Valley in Sector 67, have submitted an affidavit requesting an increase in load and saying they will not use DG sets from now on. The other seven societies have been given fresh connections. In Faridabad, two societies have been given fresh connections while the other two have some pending work,” said a DHBVN official.

Chief engineer K C Aggarwal said, “We have given fresh connections to all those builders who have fulfilled the requirements. The remaining ones will be given connections once they complete the pending infrastructure work and submit the required documents.”

Meanwhile, the Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) said a report will be sought from DHBVN on how many of the societies that had sought exemption took new power connections. The builders’ claims that they have stopped using diesel gensets will be verified too. If found false, action will be taken, an official said.

While additional chief secretary (power) T C Gupta could not be contacted, DHBVN managing director Balkar Singh, who has recently taken charge, said he said he will look into the matter.



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Haryana: DHBVN prohibits builders & RWAs to alter power meters to charge other fees – ET RealEstate

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GURUGRAM: The Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) has passed an order prohibiting builders and RWAs to make any changes in electricity meters of individual consumers to account for any other charges other than power consumption.

Passing an order in response to a complaint filed by a flat owner of Uniworld Gardens-II alleging malpractice and tampering with the prepaid meters installed by the builder, the discom’s Forum for Redressal of Consumer Grievances stated that meters should only be charging the cost per unit of the power consumed by the owners. Charges and expenses other than electricity consumption should be kept separately.

“No one is authorised to make any changes in the individual energy meters put by the RWA to account for any charges other than electricity. It is mandatory for RWA/builder to keep the electricity business entirely separate from any other expenses, charges whatsoever to maintain complete transparency and to keep electricity related records available for its scrutiny by the licensee,” read the order.

The order further directed the Sohna sub-divisional officer to direct the builder to comply with the orders and send a status update report to the forum within 30 days.

The move comes after Naresh Jindal, a flat owner, approached the forum and alleged that the builder, Unitech Realty Pvt Ltd, was deducting additional amounts from his pre-paid meter after tampering with it.

“The prepaid meters were charging us more than the power we were consuming. We found out that the meters were tampered with in a way that they were recording even the power consumption of common areas and other maintenance charges. When I didn’t get a satisfactory response from DHBVN officials, I filed a complaint with the forum and finally they issued an order in our favour,” Jindal said.

Unitech couldn’t be reached for comments despite several attempts by TOI.

Residents of the society said the builder had sent out a notice to all the homeowners in May stating that a new ‘automatic deduction from energy meter’ was being introduced, under which maintenance charges would be deducted daily from the balance amount in the prepaid meter.



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Gurugram: Raheja Novodaya residents challenge DHBVN notice – ET RealEstate

GURUGRAM: A recent notice served by DHBVN over non-payment of electricity bills has been challenged by residents of Raheja Novodaya in Sector 92 — who have claimed that the matter is sub judice and that the society has obtained a stay from the court over disconnection of their temporary supply.

The DHBVN order had come as a blow to over 300 residents in the condominium as they claim to be reeling from financial and environmental damages due to heavy consumption of diesel in operating DG sets to meet the power demand.

In a recent correspondence with the discom, the authorised representative (AR) of the society has apprised the department of the district court’s December 2019 order that stayed the discom’s attempt to disconnect the power supply. The AR also claimed that nearly Rs 27 lakh was paid in July to settle the pending dues and further over Rs 8 lakh was paid earlier this week. With this, the AR claims, the dues of the residents are settled and that discom cannot suspend the power supply.

SS Sandhu, AR of the society, said: “The remaining dues are because the builder couldn’t obtain a permanent connection. Residents are not liable for that.” Sandhu noted that all the dues have been settled as per the domestic rates and the difference amount is because of the commercial rates of the units. Former RWA members have also asserted that all the payments were done during their tenure. They refuted charges claiming payments weren’t made and blamed DHBVN for refusing to take payments at domestic rates.

“We resigned on May 11 and the bill for March was raised on May 15. So, any non-payment pending thereafter isn’t our responsibility. On the contrary, it was us (RWA) that secured a stay order to ensure that DHBVN doesn’t suspend the power supply. Today, it is only because of that we have some negotiating power in this matter,” said Ashwani Setia, former general secretary, Raheja Navodaya Apartment Owners Association.

An RDL official said, “We applied for the connection in 2014, but DHBVN abruptly changed its norms and required additional land for 33KVA power infrastructure. ”

DHBVN official concerned couldn’t be reached for comment in the matter.



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Gurugram: DHBVN asks Raheja Navodaya residents to clear dues – ET RealEstate

GURUGRAM: A recent letter by DHBVN, warning of punitive action against non-payment of electricity bills, has evoked concerns among the residents of Raheja Navodaya apartments in Sector 92. The order has come as a major blow for over 300 residents as they claim to be already reeling from financial and environmental damages for relying on DG set to meet the power demands.

On Saturday, DHBVN sent a letter to the residents reminding them that a payment of over Rs 42 lakh is pending. “As per the instructions, this office has no option except the disconnection of the power supply,” the letter reads.

Residents have asserted that they have already settled payments of July and August, while the dues are of the period January to June, where the previous RWA had collected the money from the residents but hadn’t paid to the discom. “We’ve already paid nearly Rs 27 lakh for July and August. We want to pay the dues but right now the society funds are in negative,” said a resident, requesting anonymity.

Residents have further argued that DHBVN is demanding power bills at hiked rates as the society has yet not received a permanent connection due to shortfall in the required infrastructure. They have argued that suspension of electricity will not only disrupt lives but also lead to severe environmental damages as the residents will have no option but to increase the usage of DG sets.

Meanwhile, DHBVN maintained that the builder has yet not taken permanent connection from them. “We are only following rules. We have given 10 days to residents to work out a payment schedule to ensure that they continue receiving supply,” a DHBVN official said.

Raheja Developers Limited (RDL), however, said, “We had applied for the permanent connection in 2014 but DHBVN abruptly changed its norm and required additional land for 33kV power infrastructure. We have provided that land now and in a month or two, the society should get permanent power connection. Also, we are not liable to pay the dues but will discuss with the residents and see in what capacity we can support them,” said an RDL official.



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