Noida: The Noida Extension Flat Owners Welfare Association (NEFOWA) and residents of highrise societies in Greater Noida West on Saturday protested at the NPCL office against frequent power cuts during the scorching summer. The members of Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) and more than 50 residents took part in the protest.
NEFOWA President Abhishek Kumar said, “Gautam Budh Nagar has been declared a 'no power cut zone', but current power situation prompts something else. If we talk about the last few days, the power supply has been very bad.”
“The online classes and work from home still continue. In such a situation, due to frequent power outages, neither class nor office work or meetings can be done,” Kumar added.
Dipankar Kumar, Senior Vice President of NEFOWA said, “The power supply situation is same in all the societies of GreNo West. The residents are hassled as the charges for power backup is around three times that of the power supply.”
Shweta Bharti, General Secretary, NEFOWA said, “The protest at NPCL's office was peaceful. During the protest, NPCL officials called NEFOWA for talks. In a conversation with NPCL officials, they said that the peak demand with NPCL is 900 MW but this year NPCL is getting only 500 MW from UPPCL, so it has to do load shedding.”
The protesters also raised of issue of builders deducting maintenance charges from the electricity meter. They said that it is happening despite clear instructions of the regulatory commission on the matter.
To which, an official of NPCL replied, “A complaint needs to be filed with the Electricity Regulatory Commission, and supporting documents will be provided on their behalf as NPCL does not have any authority to take action against the builder. We can issue notice and cut the power supply. It will ultimately affect the residents.”