Continued criticism from all corners over UP government’s new policy of conversion of single-point power connection to multi-point in high rises of GB Nagar has prompted Union minister Dr Mahesh Sharma, also the local MP, to write to power minister in UP government, Shrikant Sharma.
The development comes in the wake of a meeting that Dr Sharma had with a group of residents from several high-rises.
The letter from Dr Mahesh Sharma
The letter from Dr Sharma said: “The notification issued regarding conversion of single-point power connection into multi point is putting financial burden on them. They are demanding amendment of this notification.”
Residents also said during the possession of flats, they had been charged hefty amount by builders for power connection, including infrastructure cost, and therefore, the government should not impose a fresh financial burden for the same.
Talking to City Spidey, Vikash Kumar, a resident, said, “We are not against the conversion policy. In fact, it has been one of our major demands from the government, but we can’t be made to bear the financial burden for what we have already paid.”
Residents' group under the banner of Noida Extension Flat Owners’ Welfare Association (NEFOWA) have decided to meet the UP Power minister in the coming days. “We have Dr Sharma’s letter, and now will go to meet the power minister next week,” Kumar added.
For the last few weeks, this issue has been the talking point for most high-rises in GB Nagar. The situation turned critical when the developer of Gaur City in Greater Noida West issued notices to residents to say that the new infrastructure would cost nearly Rs 60,000 per flat owner.
Residents were also taken aback at the rush with which the Noida Power Company Limited (NPCL) wanted to implement the policy. As per the reports, Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Association of India (CREDAI) has opposed the proposal, saying the builder has no business setting up individual meters in cases where the apartments have already been handed over.
Amidst all the controversy, the NPCL started a survey of societies to know whether or not a particular society required new infrastructure. The survey generated negligible response from all societies.