Gurgaon RWAs protest discom move
Gated communities asked to apply for bulk connection, power tariff to go up due to uniform rates.gurgaon Updated: Mar 25, 2013 02:07 IST
Hundreds of resident associations of group housing societies in the city are protesting against the latest directive of discom Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) asking them to take a single-point (also called bulk supply) electricity connection for their complexes.
The tariff for the bulk category is fixed at a uniform rate of Rs. 4.73 per unit but it amounts to more than Rs. 5 against the fee slabs based on actual usage as RWAs will slap some additional charge.
DHBVN has also asked all resident welfare associations (RWAs) to take up the responsibility of distributing electricity, collecting the bill amount and submitting it to the power department. At present, all occupants have individual connections and the nigam bills them directly.
RWAs term the move as a burden as they run the risk of being prosecuted or penalisied in case residents fail to pay up. Resident associations in charge of society buildings will also have to ensure maintenance of the power distribution system.
In Gurgaon, there are a few posh condominiums which have a single-point connection and RWAs are responsible for power distribution, maintenance and tariff collection.
The nigam has given various societies a month’s notice for compliance of its orders on direction of the Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC).
However, the new rule is mandatory in new and upcoming sectors 58 to 115.
“It is a herculean task to collect electricity bills and repair faults in the entire colony. The association is not meant for all this. The new regulation has been given without taking people into confidence. We will file an objection,” said DD Sharma, estate manager, Rail Vihar, Sector 57.
The confederation of group housing societies (CGHS), Gurgaon, held a meeting on Saturday and decided to protest against the notice. Residents can file replies, suggestions and objections by the end of March.
“This is not acceptable to us. Our residents have outwardly rejected the scheme. We are going to lodge our protest officially,” said VK Sharma, Jalvayu Tower Association president.
“We will definitely file our objections against the notice that has been imposed on us without our participation,” said VK Aggarwal from the Rail Vihar association.
“The societies do not have any technical staff. There is a dearth of help or support at hand. How will we maintain the electricity system inside the colony? DHBVN will become free of all such responsibilities,” said Sharma.
The DHBVN, meanwhile, says residents can file objections and suggestions. “We have served a one-month notice and if residents do not reply in time, we will serve another notice. If residents do not reply after two months, it will be deemed that they have no objections and the new directive is accepted by them,” said Sanjiv Chopra, superintending engineer, DHBVN.
Since majority of CGHS complexes are floated by small cooperative societies or public sector undertakings, most consumers belong to the middle class and flat rates of R5 per unit will lead to inflated bills.
As per Haryana Apartment Ownership Act, RWAs take over the maintenance of the high-rise buildings from the developer.
While rich RWAs maintain all the facilities by outsourcing services to professional companies, mid-segment CGHS complexes stay away from taking the responsibility of power and water supply.