Gurgaon builder Umang Realtech cuts off power, water over dues; residents hit streets
GURGAON : The residents of Monsoon Breeze apartments in Sector 78 protested outside the Kherki Daula police station on Tuesday alleging that the builder had cut off their electricity and water supply on Monday night over a maintenance fee dispute.
The residents complained that the builder, Umang Realtech, has been deliberately disconnecting power and water to the houses of about 300 families for the last three weeks. The supply is restored only after residents are forced to call police, but it is again cut after a few days, they alleged.
A resident, who was part of the protest, said they had moved into the society three years ago and have been facing issues with the developer for the last two years. “The maintenance agency was not doing its job properly and despite that we were forced to shell out a maintenance charge of Rs 2 per sq foot per month. After repeated protests, another maintenance agency was hired without our consent and the fee was also hiked,” he said, requesting anonymity.
He further said a majority of residents stopped paying the maintenance charges since October 2015 after the builder refused to share the bank statement of the maintenance account. “We are living in fear as the builder is using muscle power and forcing us to pay maintenance charges,” he said.
The residents said they have complained several times to the deputy commissioner and the senior town planner.
When contacted, Gurgaon deputy commissioner T L Satyaprakash said, “I am aware of the situation. We have called a meeting on May 31, in which we will try to resolve the issues at hand.” Kherki Daula police station SHO Anand Kumar said that police are looking into the complaints and send a police team to help residents on every occasion.
An official from Umang Realtech said, “Only a handful of residents are trying to spread anarchy and chaos in the society. They have refused to pay maintenance for the past many months and that is why we disconnected their power supply as we don’t have funds.”