UP government in July 2019 allowed the most sought after demand of the highrise residents for individual power connections to those living in flats and multi-storeyed buildings. However, two months after the state government provided the provisions for the benefit of the residents the implementation of multi-point in high rises has received a very feeble response.
In a bid to convince and motivate the consumers, the Noida Power Company Ltd. (NPCL) on Friday conducted a public meeting explaining the benefits of multi-point connection over single-point connections.
The meeting, held at Radha Krishna park at Gaur City area, was attended by approximately hundreds of residents from different highrises in Greater Noida West. A large number of attendees were concerned about the monetary side of having a multi-point connection. 'What amount one has to pay in order to get a multi-point connection,' was one of the most asked questions.
Despite the fact that people residing in highrises based in Noida, Greater Noida have been demanding multi-point connections, the system was opposed by most of the societies when introduced. The primary reason was the expenditure behind the connection.
After that, the NPCL had to send the proposal back to the Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) with the recommendations. Later, the state government set a new deadline, March 31, for implementation of the policy at all highrises which, however, could not be done.
Now, the NPCL is trying to convince the residents to accept the policy. During the meeting, residents were informed that NPCL is launching a multi-point system in Royal Court society as a pilot project. “We have decided to launch it as a pilot project in one selected society in Greater Noida West and then we would be able to say what infrastructure will be required and at what cost?” said Sarnath Ganguli, a senior official with NPCL.
The officials replying to the queries of the residents said that the flat owners now have no need to take permission from the builder for meter connection. One has to submit documents like proof of registry paper or allotment letter for this purpose.
To convert existing single-point connection into multi-point in a society, it would require the consent of 51 per cent flat owners. The NPCL had earlier issued notices to the management of the societies asking to take the view of residents of the societies. However, in most societies, flat owners had not given their consent as they were not fully aware of its complexity.