Even after two years of getting possession of their flats, the residents of Paras Irene in Gurugram’s Sector 70A are still waiting for a permanent electricity connection.
At present, the society relies on a temporary 11 KV line due to which supply is unstable and erratic. The builder, allege the residents, has been defaulting on the promise to deliver a permanent 33 KV line for more than a year, though each flat owner has already paid Rs 1 lakh in this regard, stated a report published in TOI.
According to a resident, the builder is charging an exorbitant rate of Rs 7.09 per unit for power supply, while according to Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVNL) rates, it should be Rs 5.25 per unit for a consumption of up to 800 units per month.
“This is not the only problem. The builder is also levying a monthly charge of Rs 100 per KW of sanctioned load for each flat, which results in an additional burden of Rs 700 per month for a 3BHK flat. These charges are unauthorised and unlawful,” said a resident.
According to the residents, the occupation certificate they were given clearly mentions that if electricity is being supplied through generators, the tariff should not exceed tariff being charged by DHBVN. The builder is also charging Rs 0.55 paise per sq ft from residents as common area electricity charges.
In addition, the residents have been paying hefty maintenance charges at Rs 2.89 per sq ft and Rs 1,600 as club use charges. All these expenses amount to Rs 8,000-10,000 maintenance fee per month.
“At the time of possession of flats in August 2017, the builder had promised us stable electricity supply at government rates, but is now charging exorbitant rates, which is way higher than any other society,” said president of the society’s RWA, Colonel HPS Tiwana.
The builder, meanwhile, said that he is working to regularize power supply within the next four months. He also added that the charges were as per the norms but he would still speak to the residents about their concerns.