After holding a meeting with the Ardee City residents, Vivek Gogia, sub divisional magistrate (SDM) west Gurgaon, said that he will try to resolve their grievances against the Ardee Infrastructure Limited amicably as the matter was subjudice. The residents have been protesting a move by the developer wherein the developer had allegedly clubbed the maintenance bill with the electricity bill illegally.
Gogia heard the grievances of the residents on Tuesday after repeated protests in the past weeks, demanding justice from the administration.The SDM called up the residents and the representatives of Ardee Infrastructures for the meeting to place their points. The residents also stated that they produced an order of the Haryana electricity regulatory commission (HERC) to the SDM in support of their claim that the clubbing of electricity bill with the maintenance bill was illegal.
He has also advised the developer to not disconnect the electricity of the residents and has scheduled a second round of meeting for the next Tuesday including the third party companies involved.
“We have heard the arguments of both the sides and as third party companies such as Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitaran Nigam (DHBVN) are involved, I will be holding another round of meeting including the developer and DHVBN,” said Gogia.
Meanwhile, the residents have also decided to not pay the maintenance. A resident, who did not want to be named, told Hindustan Times that the SDM advised that they can pay as usual.
“SDM directed us to pay the electricity bill as usual. We will wait for final order of the SDM next week,” said the resident.
Until April, the residents used to get two separate bills for maintenance and electricity from the developer. However, in May, they got only one bill which prompted the residents to protest stating that it was not legal in view of HERC order.
Anil Hasija, vice president Ardee Infrastructure Pvt Ltd, said that it was just a way of cost cutting.
“It is just our cost cutting since two separate bill required unnecessary manpower,” Hasija said.