Power to streetlights in PDA-Omaxe City colony in Patiala disconnected

  • Avtar Singh, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Aug 07, 2016 16:45 IST
A view of the PDA-OMAXE City on Sirhind road in Patiala. (HT File Photo)

The residents of posh colony, PDA-OMAXE City, Sirhind road, have been abandoned to live in darkness as Punjab State Power Corporation Limited disconnected power connection of street lights on Friday for non-payment of electricity dues amounting Rs 5 lakhs.

About 150 families of professors, doctors and police are living here but due to the clash between Patiala Development Authority (PDA) and OMAXE company, the constructor of the colony, the payment of electricity bills is pending.

“Amid the dispute of PDA and OMAXE, the residents have been facing harassment. We have bought expensive houses and paying all payments from our side but street light bills were pending for a long time. So the connections have been disconnected previous day” said, Professor, Kesar Singh Bhangoo, general secretary, PDA-OMAXE City Welfare Association.

“I have informed to deputy commissioner, Ranvir and MP, Dhamvir Ghandi through phone message and PDA authorities but no avail. We have to live in dark; any unfortunate incident can take place in the locality. I failed to understand what government is doing,’’ he said.

“The colony has become forest and residents have to live in worse conditions. The accord between PDA and the company has broken and residents have been suffering for a long time. In this situation when the company has escaped that PDA should take responsibility to provide all services,” said, Ranjit Singh, president of the association.

“According to the agreement, the company had to provide all services including maintenance and development for nine years; the time period is going to end in August 2016 but in between there was a clash between PDA and the company. PDA will take this issue seriously,’’ PDA estate officer Amarjit Singh said. He, however, did not give any date as to when the street lights would be connected.

The PSPCL, however, said, “The bills have not been paid yet, thus he can’t restore services again until dues are cleared.’’

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