Noida: RWAs warn of protest, say genset ban strange and impractical – ET RealEstate

NOIDA | GHAZIABAD: There is huge resentment among residents of highrises of Noida and Ghaziabad over the ban on diesel generators, which RWAs have termed “impractical” and “strange” in the absence of uninterrupted power supply. RWA representatives said in group housing societies, emergency services and supplies to flats are jointly run and there is no provision to separate them.

Some societies are planning to stage a protest if they are not allowed to use gensets, saying that the order should be implemented only after the state government keeps its promise of round-the-clock power supply.

Residents said at a time the culture of working from home and online classes is being encouraged due to the pandemic, implementing this order is not possible at all.

Alok Kumar, the founder of the Federation of Association of Apartment Owners of Ghaziabad, said there are around 270 societies in Ghaziabad, of which 75 are in Indirapuram, and they are dependent on gensets due to erratic power supply.

“We cannot imagine running a society with gensets. Several RWAs have called us to inform us about problems being faced by them. Many societies are planning to resort to agitation in case they are not allowed to run gensets,” he added.

Residents said those with medical problems will be hit the most. “Due to the ban, power backup to the flat of a lung cancer patient has to be disconnected. The family is in a quandary now. Moreover, the medicines of my wife and me are kept in a small refrigerator at home. Blackouts for small durations are understandable, but outages for longer periods will definitely lead to the expiry of our medicines,” Vinay Mittal, president of Kaushambi Apartments RWAs (KARWA), said.

Some RWAs, meanwhile, have issued advisories to residents to prepare them for prolonged outages.

“In case of power failure, generators can be used only for emergency services such as lifts. You are all advised to keep a sufficient number of candles and arrange inverters for domestic use,” read a message by the Orange County RWA.

In Noida, residents’ groups said the situation wou-ld not have arisen had the state government fulfilled its promises of interrupted power supply.

“If the power department is able to provide power round-the-clock, gensets won’t be needed at all,” said Rajesh Sahay, general secretary of the Federation of Apartment Owners’ Association, Noida.

Residents of some housing societies had planned to pool resources to switch to gas gensets, but lack of finances and other challenges due to the pandemic disrupted the plan.

In Greater Noida West, the 74 apartment complexes in the area don’t have separate power lines for lifts. Turning on gensets during outages will supply power to the flats as well, leading to usage of more diesel. The president of Noida Extension Flat Owners Welfare Association, Abhishek Kumar, said they have sought clarity from the electricity department over running backup generators for operations of lifts and elevators. “It is essential to run lifts in high-rise societies,” said Kumar.

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Over 80 societies in Gurugram & Faridabad rely on gensets, EPCA told – ET RealEstate

GURUGRAM: There are 82 housing societies in Gurugram and Faridabad that are dependent on diesel generator sets for electricity, the state power distribution utility has informed the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) through a survey report.

The revelation comes just four days before the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) kicks in across NCR, a move that will put a ban on the use of DG sets except for emergency purposes like in hospitals and schools.

Officials of the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN), which conducted the survey, said that of these 82 condominiums, 26 are in Gurugram city itself while three are in Faridabad. These societies, home to at least 2 lakh residents, can’t do without generators as permanent power connections are yet to be set up because the developers have not fulfilled certain norms. So, if gensets are banned from October 15, these societies will have no means of power backup. However, many of these flats are yet to be occupied.

DHBVN has given notices to all these developers to submit compliance reports by October 15. Last year, a similar survey by discom had found 97 condominiums heavily dependent on diesel gensets. Though these societies were given a year for getting connections, only 15 could manage to get permanent supply. DHBVN agreed that seven more connections were held up because of delay on its part. Officials said the issue would be sorted soon. So, if seven societies get the connections, it would bring down the number of condominiums dependent on DG sets to 75.

The survey by the power utility followed a directive by EPCA to submit a status report on the number of societies that were still using generators. The pollution watchdog is slated to take on call this week on “emergency services” where the use of gensets can be allowed. “We have carefully studied the issue and submitted a status report to the EPCA for evaluation. All protocols have been met at our end. Now, there are 82 condominiums across Gurugram and Faridabad that are dependent on DG sets. They have temporary connections, but they still need gensets for power supply,” said Vinitha Singh, chief engineer (smart grid) in the Delhi circle.
Over 80 societies in Gurugram & Faridabad rely on gensets, EPCA toldShe pointed out that developers such as DLF, Unitech, Ansal and Ardee were among the 82 that were yet to take permanent power connections. “There are 75 residential societies between sectors 58 and 115 that are still using gensets. For DLF-The Camellias, which also does not have a permanent connection, we have also asked HVPL to provide electricity. DHBVN was supposed to get more than Rs 1 crore from each builder for electricity connection. But the money is still pending,” Singh added.

Officials in the Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) said the EPCA would take the final call on the fate of residents living in these 82 societies. “It will evaluate the status this week and take a decision,” said S Narayan, member secretary of HSPCB.

On October 8, EPCA chairman Bhure Lal had directed the pollution departments of Haryana, Delhi, UP and Rajasthan to impose GRAP by October 15. Bhure Lal had specified that the use of diesel gensets would be banned in Delhi, Gurugram, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Noida and Greater Noida except for emergency purposes.

When a similar plan was implemented last year, the power utilities of Haryana and UP had sought time till winter 2020 to supply seamless electricity from the grid, which would obviate the need of diesel gensets. While developers are yet to fulfil certain norms so that power connections can be granted to their projects, the discoms, too, have failed to provide seamless supply in some cases.

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