Residents of R G Residency, a high rise in Sector 120, Noida, on Thursday strongly objected to the removal of power backup from the society. Their grouse is that they have paid the developer the cost incurred on the purchase of the diesel generator sets.
The residents fear the removal of the power backup would lead to immense inconvenience for them. They argue that this is going to cause disruption in essential services like the operation of passenger lifts, water supply etc. and the residents would have to bear the brunt in case of a power outage.
It started with a private agency, which had rented diesel generator sets to the developer for power backup in the society, coming straight into the society with a crane on 17 October to lift its machines from the high rise. The agency claimed that the developer had not paid the rent, which was due for the past several months.
It issued several reminders to the real estate company about the dues. The developer had even given a written assurance that his company would make part payment of Rs 6 lac it owes to the agency against a total of Rs 14 lac dues pending for past seven months, by September. But the developer failed to keep his word. When the deadline expired, the agency took a drastic step.
When the residents saw the crane inside the society,they could not resist. Soon as they gathered together and to oppose the move, they had a faceoff with maintenance agency staff. A heated exchange followed between the two for over an hour. The situation could be brought under control only with the intervention of the police.