Gurgaon: Ardee City residents to protest against clubbing of power, maintenance charges
Residents said that it is illegal to club the two bills, but the administration has ignored their appeals.gurgaon Updated: May 06, 2017 22:35 IST
Unhappy over the clubbing of electricity bills and maintenance bills by the developer, residents of Ardee City in Sector 52 have decided to stage an indefinite sit-in protest.
Residents said that it is illegal to club the two bills, but the administration has ignored their appeals.
Until April, residents used to get two separate bills for maintenance and electricity bills, sent by two companies — Ardee Infrastructure Private Ltd and Ardee Maintenance Services Pvt Ltd.
The bills were clubbed and sent on one sheet for the month of May, which the residents allege is a tactic being employed by the developer to cheat them.
“In May, we got one bill only from Ardee Maintenance which surprised us. It took no time to realise that the developer clubbed the electricity bill with the maintenance charges. In the electricity bill, two subheads — line loss charge and others — have been added. This is a legally incorrect practice as per Haryana Electricity Regulatory Authority notice, which prohibits clubbing,” said Arun Sharma, a resident.
Around 200 residents, a majority of whom are senior citizens, have been running from pillar to post at the offices of the subdivisional magistrate (SDM), deputy commissioner (DC) and the assistant town planner (ATP) to get their issue resolved on priority.
“We are stressed as even the administration does not seem to support us on the issue. Justice delayed is justice denied. The administration, including the town planning department, should immediately order the developer to revoke the legally incorrect bill,” said Babita Malhotra, a resident.
Residents protested in the scorching heat on Thursday for over three hours and then visited the administration offices on Friday, but to no avail.
“In case we do not get the administration’s help, what we are left with? Either we will have to surrender to the developer’s dictate or sit on an indefinite protest. In any case, we will wait till May 15 for the administration’s help,” said Vikas Sanjit, a resident.
Anil Hasija, vice-president of Ardee Infrastructure Pvt Ltd, said, “We have clubbed the two bills for better functioning and to save manpower and energy, as it used to cost more to procure stationery material. Our aim is to improve the system.”
Subdivisional magistrate Bharat Bhushan Gogia said, “We heard the grievances of residents and have assured them of necessary action. We will meet the developer on Tuesday to discuss the issue. Once we hear both parties, we will have a clearer view of the dispute and will initiate action accordingly.”