City Magistrate Shailendra Kumar Mishr gave a warning to Golf Avenue 2 developer for deducting maintenance charges from the pre-paid electricity meters of the residents.
Mishr told the developer that only the electricity consumption charges can be deducted from the installed pre-paid meters. He said, "We would register an FIR if you try to deduct maintenance charge from the pre-paid meters as the district magistrate already expressed annoyance against the violation of the rules."
He further added, "You can collect maintenance charge from residents but not from their pre-paid meter as it is not according to rules."
The warning came after several residents of the society staged a protest outside the office of the City Magistrate in Sector 19 on Sunday. They complained that the developer had earlier circulated a notice among all residents to inform that the maintenance charge would now be deducted from their prepaid meters, which is recharged by every flat owner for uninterrupted power supply to their homes.
They raised slogans against the developer during the protest and complained that the developer is not providing quality service to them. Residents alleged that the deduction of maintenance charge results in exhausting the prepaid amount that further affects electricity supply.
City magistrate called a meeting of both the developer and residents to hear them before he initiates action against the developer.