Residents of Unitech The Residences, a gated condominium in Sector 33, protested outside Unitech chairman’s office in Sector 45 on Saturday over erratic power supply. They demanded Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) electricity connections instead of supply through generators.
Nearly 250 residents gathered to complain about frequent power cuts as the supply is from gensets provided by the builder. They said though the flats were handed over in August 2014 and all charges, including electrification, were paid to Unitech, the condominium lacks adequate power infrastructure.
“There are frequent power cuts and voltage fluctuations. The society runs on diesel gensets and is yet to have proper electricity connections. During the power cut, lifts stop working. We have elderly people living on 11th and 12th floors. How will they climb so many stairs?” said Pankaj Agarwal, president, apartment owner association of residences.
Residents said that gensets lead to air and noise pollution. They said even after several complaints and meetings with officials, no action has been taken.
“The annoyed residents have already held meetings with Unitech and their maintenance team to get DHBVN connections but so far there has been no response...the project was supposed to have DHBVN connections in six months from the date of first possession,” a letter written by residents to Unitech states
DHBVN officials said it is illegal to sell power from gensets. “Residents can use generators for personal consumption but it is illegal to sell this power. I will check if the builders have applied for a power connection,” Sanjeev Chopra, superintending engineer, DHBVN, said.
A spokesperson of Unitech Group said, “While our priority is to hand over possession of the remaining towers in Residences, addressing all grievances is also crucial. We will take care of the same in due course of time.”