When you manoeuver your way around potholes and reach your residence only to find out that electricity has been playing truant there, then you realise that the developer had gifted you a raw deal. That is the case with the residents of Ardee City who claim the infrastructure of the 204-acre housing complex is on the verge of a complete breakdown.
Cracked roads — worse than a dirt road, the locals claim — welcome the residents day or night and the carpet of potholes, indeed, pose a safety threat.
“Roads have not been re-carpeted since they were made. During rains, the potholes transform into huge puddles,” said TN Kaul, president of the residents’ welfare association (RWA).
However, Anil Hasija, vice-president of Ardee Infrastructure Private Limited, said that the residents were not willing to pay for maintenance and were making all sorts of excuses to shift the focus.
“These people pay just R225 and expect us to provide top-notch facilities. How is that possible? If they agree to revise the maintenance charges, we might be able to do the things they ask for,” said Hasija. Ansal Housing and Construction Ltd, another developer, charges the residents of the nearby Sushant Lok housing society at the rate of R2.99 per square yard, he claimed.
“Ardee wants us to cough up R2 per square feet when our agreement was a floor-wise flat rate,” said Sushil Khanna, executive member of the RWA.
Power outages, residents claim, have had a crippling effect on the lives of the residents of the housing complex.
“There is an acute paucity of electricity as the developer does not have enough power supply to run services properly here. They keep shifting the load from one block to the other all the time,” claimed Khanna.
RWA vice-president Vikram Saluja went a step further and corroborated their point by what he called “simple math”.
“Given that each of the 2,600 households here has a sanctioned load of a minimum of 7 KW, the total demand stands at 18MW. Sixty per cent is needed to run operations, which is 12 MW. But the developer has capacity of supplying just about 5 MW,” explained Saluja.
As to this particular grievance, Hasija claimed that they had an established power capacity of 5 MW, which was sufficient to power up the colony.
“Residents are responsible for the electricity woes. They are drawing over and above their sanctioned capacities and that leads to frequent tripping,” said Hasija.