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Society to pay Rs65,000 for keeping family in dark

A redressal commission, on Tuesday, ordered a housing society in Thane (East) to pay a compensation of Rs65,000 to a society member for failing to replace the electricity meter of her flat, thereby forcing her family to live without electricity for the next 13 months.

mumbai Updated: Jun 16, 2011 01:48 IST
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A redressal commission, on Tuesday, ordered a housing society in Thane (East) to pay a compensation of Rs65,000 to a society member for failing to replace the electricity meter of her flat, thereby forcing her family to live without electricity for the next 13 months.

The Maharashtra State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has given Ratnatej Cooperative Housing Society one month to make the payment to Asavari Gokhale in addition to Rs5,000 towards the cost of the litigation.

In November 2008, a fire broke out in the building, which destroyed the electricity meters of 22 flats. Later, the society had collected Rs2,000 from every society member for the installation of new electricity meters.

Gokhale alleged that even though she paid the money, the society’s managing committee did not replace her flat’s meter, which resulted in the electricity supply to her flat being cut off.

On May 25 2009, Gokhale wrote a letter to the managing committee, requesting them to get her meter replaced. However, she alleged, no action was taken.

On June 6, 2009, Gokhale issued a notice to the managing committee and moved the Thane District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, which directed the society to install a new electricity meter.

Gokhale was, however, unhappy with the compensation of Rs2,000 awarded by the district forum and moved the State Consumer Commission last year, where she asked for the compensation amount to be increased to Rs2 lakh.

The commission raised the compensation amount to Rs65,000 — Rs5,000 for every month Gokhale and her family spent without electricity.