Gurgaon: Ardee City residents protest over electricity disconnection
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Gurgaon: Ardee City residents protest over electricity disconnection

The power supply of many houses has been disconnected twice over the last week, making the residents take to the streets.

Gurgaon: Ardee City residents protest over electricity disconnection

The ordeal of residents of Ardee City in Sector 52 of Gurgaon isn't looking to get over any time soon. In a repeat of last week’s incident, the electricity supply of several houses was disconnected on Thursday night.

The angry residents had gathered in large numbers in an open area in the colony and shouted slogans against the developer. They also informed the police and the district administration about their plight.

The residents had also complained to the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN), the distribution company for the area. The matter was settled and electricity was restored around midnight after the police intervened.

Last week the residents had held a similar protest against the developer of the colony, Ardee Infrastructure Private Limited, after the electricity supply of 25 odd houses was disconnected on September 22 without prior notice.

Ish Singh, an affected resident, said, “Around 2.30 pm I realised that the electricity supply of my house has been disconnected. The reason given was non-payment of dues. However, I have the receipt of the last paid bill.”

The residents claim that they have been paying electricity bills to the developer without fail and there was no reason for the electricity supply to be disconnected.

However, there claim was refuted by the developer. “The electricity of only those houses was disconnected where the residents have not cleared outstanding dues,” said a senior executive of Ardee Infrastructure Private Limited.

On September 1, the DHBVN had taken over the supply of electricity in the colony from the developer. Nearly 2,100, of the total 2,600 houses have applied for the DHBVN connections.

“Since the affected 25 houses have not yet applied for the DHBVN connections, they still come under the developer. The power supply of our colony has always been a problem and that is why we had requested DHBVN to provide us with direct connections. After the takeover, this is the second time that the developer has disconnected electricity supply,” said Parveen Yadav, RWA president.

Speaking to City Spidey, Chaitali Mandhotra, RWA member, said, “The developer has illegally merged maintenance bills with electricity bills. That is the reason we had stopped paying maintenance charges for the last two years. But we have been paying electricity bills without fail. This is just harassment. We have informed Gurgaon DC Vinay Pratap about the issue.”