The Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) is considering not to give permanent electricity connection to builders who allow possession in their group housing projects without obtaining completion certificates. Officials say that only a handful of completion certificates were obtained from the GDA in the past couple of years while most builders went ahead and allowed possession.
"We have now asked the electricity department to disallow permanent electricity connection to projects where completion certificates are not obtained," GDA secretary RK Singh said.
The authority's town planning department officials said this was being done to enforce provisions of the UP Urban Planning and Development Act 1973 and also for the UP Apartment Act 2010.
Paschimanchal Vidyut Vitaran Nigam Limited (PVVNL) chief engineer (distribution), PK Maheshwari said that such an action was possible under the electricity code. "We have sought rules and regulations from the GDA and will forward the contents to our headquarters for a final decision," he added.
Completion certificate ensures that civil construction work is complete, all facilities are in place, water-harvesting system is active, safety is ensured and a certificate from the competent structural engineer is obtained, as per the national building code (NBC).