Vipul Belmonte, a condominium in Sector 53, Gurgaon, on Golf Course Road, grappled with power cuts of more than 4.5 hours on two consecutive days. Supply to 40 households had been allegedly cut off by the society’s RWA.
According to residents, the RWA collects maintenance charges on the basis of flat size. However, as per government norms, the charge should be the same for all residents. Reportedly, the RWA disconnected power connection for two days in those 4 BHK and 5 BHK flats whose owners refused to pay a higher maintenance fees for common areas services, such as streetlighting and horticulture.
"According to the RWA by-laws, I have to pay more than those who live in 3 BHK flats. We even have a lower court order in our favour. Despite that, the RWA continued to bill us on the basis of the size of our flat. That's when we decided not to pay the common-area maintenance fees," said Shikha Kumar, who lives in a 5-BHK flat.
A group of residents also filed a police complaint. Power supply was restored after they showed the court order to the SHO of the Sushant Lok I police station, who took up the matter with the society's RWA.
Vikram Singh, owner of a 5 BHK flat, said. “Though common-area facilities are used equally by everyone, occupants are made to pay maintenance charges according to their flat size. As per Haryana Registration and Regulation of Societies Act, 2012, maintenance charges should be divided equally among everyone, irrespective of the size of their flats.”
Residents say that they have made it clear to the RWA that they will immediately make payments if maintenance charges are made uniform for all residents.
Vipul Belmonte has 10 towers, with 20 penthouses, 48 units of five bedrooms, 104 units of four bedrooms and 136 units of three bedrooms.