Gurugram residents raise electricity-related issues with Haryana power minister – ET RealEstate

GURUGRAM: At a meeting with Haryana power minister Ranjit Singh Chautala on Monday, residents of the city aired their grievances on various electricity-related issues, including inflated bills due to defective smart meters, irregular billing, poor power infrastructure and lack of its upkeep, and poor consumer redress mechanism.

Jaimini Vandana, RWA president of South City-1, said, “Our colony has not been taken over by power discom DHBVN to date, despite being taken over by MCG in 2019. Our electricity infrastructure is 25 years old and completely rotten, every other month we have to pool in money to repair panels, transformers, cable lines which ideally should be maintained by the electricity department.”

Many have raised the issue of irregular meter reading by the DHBVN officials and inflated bills due to defective smart meters. “There are 1,136 flats in our society but we are still getting electricity supply in the commercial category resulting in higher tariff charges on the residents and frequent power cuts. This is despite our builder having applied for the bulk domestic supply connection in 2019,” said Satvir Singh, RWA president of Apex Our Homes in Sector 37C.

The power minister assured the residents that in the next three months, “people will see the change in the electricity infrastructure in the city”. “We are working on war footing and we are making all efforts to resolve citizen problems related to electricity.”

Residents raised the issue of ACD charges and demanded to put it on a hold this year. Dinesh Vashisht, RWA president of sectors 3, 5 and 6 said, “People are still struggling with pandemic effects and many have not even recovered yet.”

PK Das, additional chief secretary (power) , told TOI, “We are sending the proposal to HERC to allow ACD of one billing cycle to be collected in four instalments.”



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Gurugram: Twenty bouncers in tow, OSB Group tells buyers project delayed – ET RealEstate

GURUGRAM: After repeated requests of meeting, two representatives sent by the builder of OSB Expressway Towers, an affordable housing project in Sector 109, met a group of aggrieved homebuyers in the presence of 20 bouncers on Sunday.

According to the buyers, since its launch in 2016, only 50% of the work has been completed. The units were supposed to be ready by May this year and then the deadline was extended to November 2021. But on Sunday, the buyers were told that the deadline has been extended to June 2022.

On Sunday, developer’s representatives Arun Yadav and Sanjeev Kumar met about 150 buyers at the project site. Asked about the deadline, the officials said it is June 2022, as per government norms. They, however, did not comment on the delay or why bouncers were present on Sunday.

Pankaj Kumar, who had booked a flat in May 2017, said: “It’s been almost four years but hardly 40-50% work is done. The developer has taken 90-100% payment from all buyers. We are paying rent as well as instalments for our home loans.”

Launched in October 2016, the project on 7.5 acres has over 1,000 units, each in the range of Rs 14 to 26 lakh. The developer, Ocean Seven Buildtech (OSB) Group, had initially promised possession in May 2021. But the construction was stopped around 18 months back.

The buyers have alleged that the builder has restricted their entry and told them to visit the site only on Saturdays and Sundays after getting prior approval.

“In August last year, they promised us that the work will resume in September. Then they said it will start after Diwali. Last month we were told the work will restart in March itself. But that has not happened,” Kumar said.

The homebuyers said they have complained on several platforms, including the CM window. But no action has been taken.

Homebuyer Mahipal Singh said: “Several complaints have been made on the CM window and also with H-Rera. But there has been no positive development.”

A group of buyers has now written to Badshapur MLA Rakesh Daultabad requesting him to take up the matter with the department of town and country planning and initiate action against the developer.

Shreya Sachan, who has also booked a flat, said: “We are suffering because of the delay and paying both rent and loan money for months now.”



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Gurugram: Power woes in colonies as 16 builders fail to pay dues – ET RealEstate

GURUGRAM: Several residential colonies are facing power woes as 16 developers have failed to clear dues of over Rs 317 crore for creating infrastructure for the hassle-free electricity supply to thousands of families.

The developers of these residential colonies, where around 40,000 people live at present, have failed to set up around 20 sub-stations, required for power supply to these colonies.

And to further add to their woes, the residents of these colonies are finding it hard to get electricity connections due to pending dues from the developers side.

According to officials of DHBVN, lack of infrastructure is the biggest cause of the city’s power problems and failure to offer uninterrupted power supply to these colonies. Most of these builders have collected EDC/IDC (external development charges/internal development charges) from homebuyers, but did not deposit the due with power department.

As per the plan, 14 builders were supposed to build 18 sub stations of 33KVA each and two sub stations of 6 KVA each. Out of these four each by Unitech and Ansal API, two each by Vipul and ABL and one each by Suncity, Vatika, Malibu Towne, Ardee City, Uppal Southend, Parsvnath, Sheetal and Saraswati Kunj.

President of Gurgaon home developers and plot owners association Ramesh Singla said the homebuyers are facing difficulties in get power connection.

A senior official from the power department in a meeting with developers on Tuesday directed them to deposit the pending dues. He also said that if the developers failed to clear dues, the department will prepare a proposal and send it to higher authority for approval.



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Gurugram: Months after DTCP order, no boundary wall yet for BPTP Park Serene – ET RealEstate

GURUGRAM: Residents of BPTP Park Serene in Sector 37 D have alleged non-compliance of department of town and country planning (DTCP) directions by the developer of the society.

The residents complained that even after three months, the developer has failed to complete the construction of the boundary wall alongside the revenue road which is posing a serious security risk.

In December last year, the enforcement wing of the DTCP had cleared the encroachment done by the developer on the revenue road. “After several complaints, the department cleared the encroachment but now it has become a security concern for us as the builder is not closing the open passage. Though there is a guard assigned at the gate but it is not a practical solution as anybody can enter the premises. The builder has not strictly complied with the sanctioned layout plan and has done severe violation,” said PK Naithani, president of Park Serene RWA.

Earlier this month, the residents had written to deputy commissioner of Gurugram and the authorities concerned on the matter and demanded the construction of missing portion of boundary wall alongside the road in a time bound manner to avoid any security risk for the residents living in the society.

The residents pointed out that the developer has installed a double gate on both sides of the revenue road and is claiming that it is a fire tender path. “This is a clear violation of Haryana Building Code, 2017 and National Building Code 2016 as the fire tender path is useless in case of a mishap. How can an internal fire tender path be crossing a public revenue road? How did the fire department and DTCP provide NOC for Occupation Certificate with such huge violations?” questioned Hemant Kumar, RWA general secretary.

Meanwhile, a representative of the developer said, “With due compliance, the work has already been undertaken considerably while back and if there are any complaints with the department we will respond to them. The wall has been constructed according to the directions by the department and gates have been installed with guards.”



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