A year after it was constructed, Thakkar Tower, a plush 34-storey residential skyscraper in Tardeo continues to draw power from a temporary meter.
A temporary meter is issued to buildings which are under construction. "Ideally, each flat in the building should have one meter. Why is the BEST is favouring this tower by allowing supply through a temporary meter," asked Ravi Kondu Raja, a member of the BEST committee. Raja said that with a large number of flats drawing power through a single meter could increase load on the cable and lead to a major power failure in the area. "Moreover, this building has an Occupancy Certificate (OC) for 17 floors only. Yet, power is being sent right up to the 34th floor. In case of any casualty, who will take the responsibility," he demanded.
After Raja raised the issue in the BEST committee meeting on Thursday, Sunil Shinde, chairperson of the committee asked the administration to investigate the matter and take appropriate action.
HT tried reaching BEST's general manager OP Gupta for his reaction, but Gupta did not answer the call nor did he respond to the text message.
Committee members of Thakkar Tower said their power connection was legitimate, since they had all the requisite papers. "Some people are trying to create nuisance for our members," said Satish Mehta, honorary secretary of the society's ad-hoc committee. "A while ago, BEST had disconnected our supply for an hour. But after we showed them the documents, they restored supply. "The BEST has asked us to set up a substation, which we are constructing. We are also doing the needful to acquire an OC for the remaining floors," Mehta said.