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Clubbing of bills for Ardee residents to be resolved amicably: SDM

The SDM will hold a meeting with the Ardee City residents of representatives of the builder on Tuesday in a bid to thrash out a solution to the dispute on Wednesday

gurgaon Updated: May 10, 2017 23:23 IST
The Ardee City residents held protests against the builder over the clubbing of power and maintenance bills.(HT FILE PHOTO)

Bharat Bhushan Gogia, the sub-divisional magistrate, (North) Gurgaon, said he will try to amicably resolve the grievances of Ardee City residents against the builder, Ardee Infrastructure Limited, over the clubbing of bills. He said the matter is sub judice.

Gogia met the residents on Tuesday and heard their complaints. The residents said the builder clubbed the maintenance and electricity bills and they even moved the administration demanding action. They said they even held protests over the issue twice over the last few weeks.

The SDM had summoned the residents and representatives of Ardee Infrastructure for a meeting on Wednesday in a bid to thrash out a solution to the dispute.

“We heard both the parties, but since the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitaran Nigam (DHBVN) is the third party involved here, I will have to hold another round of meeting with the developer and the DHBVN before arriving at a solution,” the SDM said.

“I will sit with them (developer and DHBVN officials) next Tuesday. I have urged the developer not to disconnect the power connections of residents till then,” the SDM said.

The residents said they produced an order of the Haryana electricity regulatory commission (Herc) to the SDM in support of their claim that the clubbing of electricity and maintenance bills is illegal.

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“I have summoned the DHBVN officials and representatives of the builder, Ardee Infrastructure, to specifically discuss the legality of the clubbing of bills,” the SDM said.

The residents, however, stuck to their stand saying they won’t pay for maintenance till the issue is resolved.

A resident, who asked not to be named, told HT that the SDM advised them to pay the bills separately as usual.

“The SDM told us we can pay electricity bill as before. However, we will wait for final directive from the SDM next week,” the resident said.

Even till April, the residents used to get separate bills of maintenance and electricity from the developer.

However, in May, they got a common bill and were up in arms alleging a violation of the HERC order.

Anil Hasija, vice president, Ardee Infrastructure Pvt Ltd, said, “The move (to combine the two bills) was aimed at cost cutting. Generating separate bills requires more manpower.”

First Published: May 10, 2017 23:22 IST