Galleria store owners complain of steep hike in power bill

  • Rashpal Singh, Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
  • Updated: May 06, 2016 00:15 IST
Shop owners said the March tariff was shown as Rs 11.32 per unit when the standard charges do not exceed Rs 8.50. (Abhinav Saha/HT Photo)

Owners of establishments in the Galleria market — one of the top upscale markets in the country — in DLF Phase 4, have complained of a steep hike in electricity bills of the last few months though the power department has not announced any tariff hike.

The Galleria Condominium Association (GCA) fixes the power tariff for the market on the basis of the electricity bill from the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) and the power consumed form generator sets.

Shop owners said that their electricity bills for March showed the DHBVN tariff as Rs 11.32 per unit while the standard charges are not more than Rs 8.50 per unit.

“The bill for February also mentioned Rs 9.26 per unit for DHBVN supplied electricity. When we complained, the tariff in the April bill was reduced to Rs 10.47 from Rs 11.32 per unit in the March bill,” Dr Jitesh Sahgal, a dentist who runs a clinic in Galleria tower, said.

Sahgal said there is no response from the GCA when they inquired about the hike in tariff. The shop owners pay Rs 17.51 per unit for backup power from generator sets. The GCA issues electricity bills to occupants on the basis of the units consumed from DHBVN and generator sets.

“The sanctioned load for Galleria is 1,500 kilo-volt-ampere (kVA) and the consumption is 3,000 kVA. The GCA representatives have never tried to increase the load because of which we have to pay a hefty amount for backup power,” Neeraj Yadav, who owns a commercial establishment in Galleria market, said. He said a number of shop owners are suffering at the hands of the GCA that was not elected through a fair process.

“The GCA is not interested in increasing the load as there is a scam in running the generator sets. A representative has stakes in supplying fuel for gen sets,” Sahgal said. He said DHBVN’s cumulative bill for February-March is Rs 29.30 lakh but the net payable amount is Rs 37.80 lakh. “There is no explanation from the GCA about the excess amount,” he said, pointing at the bill.

However, GCA representatives denied these allegations.

GCA board member Shiv Gulati said the electricity tariff is decided according to the decision taken in the board meetings and it is equal for all.

GCA president Atul Mitra said in a text message, “To my knowledge, we are charging as per government norms.”

DHBVN executive engineer of sub-urban division, Gurgaon, CS Jakhar said there could be addition of arrears in the electricity bills but the same are explained in the bill. “We have not increased the tariff since April last year. So there is no case of a hike,” he said.

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