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Residents rue inflated power bills

india Updated: Jul 04, 2011 00:51 IST
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Residents of Nirvana Country society are up in arms against the developer who charged them Rs 31 per electricity unit consumed.

Residents say they have been wrongly billed at rate of Rs 16.70 per unit apart from the fixed monthly charge of Rs 295.

The total cost comes to about Rs 31 per unit. According to the developer, Unitech, the usage charge is high because of additional cost of running generators during summer.

“Last month, we charged R13.70 per unit. This month, power outages were less and therefore diesel gensets did not run much. This has spiked the cost of power gensets. We have been sharing all cost components with residents on regular basis,” said a Unitech official.

According to the Nirvana Country residents’ welfare association, the developer's explanation is not justified.

“During the same period, Unitech has billed South City-2 residents R11.23 per unit besides a fixed charge of R150 per month. It is unable to satisfactorily answer this high price levied on us,” Sanu Kapila, president of Nirvana RWA, said.

Last year, Unitech had done excessive billings of over R17 lakh. The developer took more than nine months to rectify the error.

In an e-mail dialogue with the RWA, Unitech general manager Dinesh Tyagi said the per unit cost of running diesel generators is similar at both the sites.

“South City-2 is equipped with two generator sets out of which one operates conventionally whereas at Nirvana, 16 generator sets are installed out of which minimum five operate at any given time,” Tyagi said.

He also said a huge outstanding amount has also accumulated since last three months as residents have not cleared their dues.

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