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Soon, high-rise residents to get individual power connections

To address the long-pending demand of flat owners in high-rises, necessary amendments in the Electricity Supply Code have been made to provide individual connections in all multi-storey complexes in Noida.

noida Updated: Aug 29, 2018 02:47 IST
Pawan K Pandita
Pawan K Pandita
Hindustan Times, Noida
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Official figures say there are over one lakh people living in nearly 200 high-rises in Gautam Budh Nagar district. (Sunil Ghosh /ht photo)

To address the long-pending demand of flat owners in high-rises, necessary amendments in the Electricity Supply Code have been made to provide individual connections in all multi-storey complexes in Noida.

As of now, house owners in high-rise societies do not have individual power connections and electricity is supplied to them through the builder in whose name the connection is issued by the Pashimanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited (PVVNL).

As per the amendments to the Electricity Supply Code, through an August 10 notification, the PVVNL shall take necessary steps to inspect the existing distribution network from the reference meter to the point of connection to individual consumer such as transformers, busbars, distribution boxes, allied equipment and meters, etc., of the building/housing complex for assessing the feasibility of effecting such changes within a period of 30 days and issue necessary instructions to builders/RWA for such changes within next 30 days.

PVVNL Gautam Budh Nagar chief engineer SK Verma said the amendment that provides for the conversion of single-point connections into multipoint ones is being implemented. “All executive engineers have been directed to conduct an inspection of high-rises in their respective divisions,” he said.

According to the amendment, all new connections — domestic/non-domestic/multi-storey buildings/multiplexes/marriage hall, cooperative group housing societies/colonies — shall be granted multiple point connections.

The role of developer/development authority shall be limited to development of electrical infrastructure necessary to make available electricity supply in the form of individual connections.

As for the existing consumers, Verma said all multi-storey buildings/colonies/multiplexes/marriage halls developed by the development authorities/private builders having single point connection shall convert them into multiple point connection by March 31, 2019.

As per an estimate, there are over one lakh people living in nearly 200 high-rises in the district. They are making payments towards their electricity bills through prepaid meters. In some cases, it has been found that the builder collects charges for the electricity consumed but does not credit the payment to the PVVNL, thereby resulting in disconnection of supply to the housing society.

There are several past and ongoing cases between builders and residents related to electricity theft and overcharging. Residents have been complaining about builders overcharging them for electricity in the name of backup and common area maintenance.

Verma said builders will be told to do separate power cabling for diesel generator sets. “As of now, recording of power consumption is done on one meter and segregation needs to be done. Flat owners will have to purchase prepaid smart meters authorised by us,” he said.

Flat owners will have to directly approach the electricity department to obtain a single-point power connection.

Residents have welcomed the decision as it will put an end to builders overcharging them for power.

“We have been fighting for this for the last one year. Builders would purchase power at cheap rates from the power department and supply it to flat owners at exorbitant rates. In some cases, builders would force flat owners to have a power load much higher than their actual requirement. This would raise consumers’ bills further as they were charged the higher tariff. They would also recover the maintenance charges through the prepaid electricity meters and in case of default in payment of maintenance charges, supply to the flat would be disrupted,” Rajesh Sahay, secretary general of Noida Federation of Apartment Owners’ Association (NOFAA), said.

Verma said it will be a win-win situation for flat owners as well as the power department. “All these problems of flat owners will be taken care of once they get individual meters. We will also get payments on time,” he said.

First Published: Aug 29, 2018 02:47 IST