Gurgaon: 600 Fresco residents fear disconnection as builder defaults on power bills
Residents said Unitech Group has defaulted on the payment of electricity bills for the month of Junegurgaon Updated: Aug 05, 2017 22:44 IST
Residents of Fresco Apartments in Sector 50 fear disconnection of power lines, as the developer is yet to clear electricity bills for the month of June. The total outstanding amount of around 650 flats in arguably the most sprawling and plush housing society developed by the Unitech Group is close to ₹37 lakh.
The Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) provides a single point (bulk supply) connection to the Fresco developer, which, in turn, distributes it to individual flats.
Fearing that their electricity connections could be snapped for non-payment of power bills, residents have urged the developer to clear the dues at the earliest.
“We fear the DHBVN snapping our electricity connections or going for power cuts due to non-payment of bills for the month of June. It could even add a late fine to our next bills as well. The developer was supposed to deposit ₹36,76,072 to the utility, but it hasn’t yet been paid,” Nilesh Tandon, president, residents’ welfare association (RWA), Fresco Apartments, said.
He said that the association is considering lodging a complaint with the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) if developer fails to clear the dues by Monday.
Residents said non-payment of electricity bills by the developer is nothing new, as they had to face similar hassles in the past as well. They claimed the builder runs up dues despite them paying their electricity bills days in advance. The developer, too, is required to pay the bills to the DHBVN in advance.
“We have prepaid electricity meters at Fresco and pay our power bills for every month in advance. The onus is on the developer to collect the money and pay to the developer on time,” Deepan Sood, executive member of the RWA, said, adding that the developer could disconnect the power lines even if the payment is delayed by a day or two.
Supriyo Dasgupta, another resident, said, “We have paid our bills in advance and the developer has no right to hold on to that amount. This is criminal offence.”
SK Mahajan, vice-president, Unitech Group, declined to comment saying that he was not authorised to speak to the media.