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Residents divided over bulk power supply plan

gurgaon Updated: Mar 30, 2013 00:29 IST
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Even as the Confederation of Group Housing Societies (CGHS) opposed the directive of the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) of asking each gated locality to apply for the single point (bulk supply) power connection for their complexes, some localities have welcomed the directive.

The reaction from the non-confederation members came only after Hindustan Times highlighted the decision of the CGHS, that represents several gated localities in New Gurgaon, on March 25.

“The CGHS’s decision does not apply on us. We want to convey our message to DHBVN that we want this directive to be implemented in our localities as it is beneficial in many ways,” said Vijay Khanna, president of RWA Garden Estate, a gated upscale locality, DLF Phase-4.

“There are several localities like us who want single point connection, we are forming a group and will meet DHBVN officials,” said Khanna attributing 24 hour power supply as its biggest advantage.

The discom has assured residents that those opting for the single point connection will receive uninterrupted power supply after paying a specified tariff. The normal tariff for the bulk category is R4.73 per unit.

In 2012, the discom had proposed that if normal power supply is not available, the system would automatically switch over to the power back-up mode though it would be charged between R8-R9.

“We’re ready to pay the charges of R8-R9. We’ll maintain the system too. We are waiting for a single point connection. We have agreed to go for this scheme and wish to meet the officials,” said Khanna.

However, another group of residents has a different take on the issue. “We oppose the single point directive of the Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC). The authorities are trying to divert peoples’ attention from issues such as upgrading power infrastructure in private localities. The discom has failed to force builders to improve infrastructure like setting up power houses or sub-stations in DLF, Sushant Lok, Ardee City etc. Once the power houses or sub-stations are set up in private localities, residents will receive uninterrupted power supply,” said RS Rathee, president, Gurgaon Citizens’ Council.

On the directions of the HERC, the power discom had served a month’s notice on several gated localities a fortnight ago asking them to adhere to the new regulation.

But the move had not gone down well with the CGHS. “This is not acceptable. We will continue to voice our concerns against this directive as it will create financial pressure on RWAs,” said VK Sharma, president, Jalvayu Tower Association.

Sanjiv Chopra, superintending engineer, DHBVN, said, “We welcome all suggestions and objections. The directive will be implemented only if a majority of societies want it. However, the final decision has to be taken by the government.”