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Delhi: housing societies, DJB spar over rebate on arrears

Nivedita Khandekar, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, July 23, 2013
First Published: 00:12 IST(23/7/2013) | Last Updated: 03:47 IST(23/7/2013)

The Delhi Jal Board’s (DJB) announcement of a 30% rebate on the arrears of a  service charge since 2004 for cooperative group housing societies (CGHS) has been contested by scores of societies.

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Scores of CGHS at Mayur Vihar and Indraprastha Extension in east Delhi and Rohini and Pitampura in north Delhi — after losing a case in the Delhi High Court — are liable to pay arrears of service charges since 2004. As reported by HT earlier, the court had upheld the manner in which DJB levied the service charge for these societies with bulk connections.

According to DJB, it has already extended 30% rebate for payments of outstanding arrears made up to July 31, 2013 to all societies even though the benefit was not applicable for service charge arrear bills.

Ved Prakash Rathee, president of the Federation of Rohini CGHS, pointed out that 65 societies from his area had paid full arrears in February and March 2013 but the DJB is not ready to refund the amount equivalent to 30% rebate.

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Madan Khatri, general secretary of the IPEX Societies Mahasangh said: “After we explained our problem in recovering last nine years’ arrears from changed occupants, the DJB CEO had agreed to a 30% rebate on service charge arrears and payment in installments up to March 2014.

However, the DJB officials are now asking us to pay arrears with the rebate by July 31, 2013.”

Societies from Mayur Vihar I held a meeting where they shared experiences of individual societies that faced problems.

On July 10, two societies in Mayur Vihar I and Indraprastha Extension received arrears of Rs. 12 lakh (Rs 8.86 lakh and Rs. 3.35 lakh, respectively) with July 16 as the last date. The current bill charges stood at Rs. 37,000 and Rs. 32,000.

It was clearly mentioned on the bill that arrears can be paid through installments of R1 lakh.

“We tried to pay our regular bill and sought time for paying the first installment of arrears from next month, the DJB staff at Preet Vihar office refused straightaway,” said Raj Joshi, vice president of the UNA managing committee.


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