Noida Extension Flat Owners Ma in Association (NEFOMA) on Friday raised a policy change demand to Mahendra Kumar Singh, City Magistrate, Noida. Member of NEFOMA said the private builders who had taken power supply franchise from Paschimanchal Vidyut Vitran Ni gam Limited (PVVNL) had been flouting norms laid down by the power discom and fleecing customers.
Residents of several residenti al societies such as Amrapali Zodiac, Amrapali Silicon City, Aditya Urban Casa a nd Ajnara Grand Heritage met w ith the official at his office in Sector 19, Noida.
Led by Annu Khan, president of NEFOMA, the residents apprised the magistr ate that power supply had become a profit-making business for builders. Despite collecting power tariff from the consumers in advance, they neither share po wer consumption bills with res idents nor provide related services. Builders were even know to disconnect power in some flats.
"We have submitted a memorandum to the magistrate and demanded from h im to remove all builders from the power supply business," said Khan. "The power discom provides power to several sectors in the city and we would urged the district ad ministration to explore the po ssibility of implementing a similar mechanism in our societies. The government shou ld end all such middle men. Not only will it help us residents but also the government.”
To fulfil this resident demand, the UP government will have to renew its policy, as with the current schemes, supp lying power to multi-storey resident s builder is not feasible.
Presently, the power discom supies power to the single-storey buildings and residents of such houses pay their bills to PVVNL.
An officer with the power supply department told City Spidey that even though they could supply power to all households, collection of tariff would be a challenge. He had said that the power discom does not have effective mechanism to take readings from each of the meters installed in houses of high rise buildings and present them with electricity consumption bill every month.
The city magistrate assured that he would talk to the officers of the concerned department to look into ways to solve this problem.