Noida Extension homebuyers protest over power charges
NOIDA: Homebuyers of Noida Extension (Greater Noida West) have started a fresh agitation against the variable costs for upgrading power supply charged by different builders. They approached the Greater Noida Authority for the same.
When purchased, each apartment was offered a basic supply of 1kVA. But the buyer was given the option to expand the power supply to their apartment on paying a certain amount. According to buyers, different builders are charging different rates for the same job.
“At Supertech, the rate of upgrading the supply is Rs 22,900 per kVA while Arihant developers have charged Rs 8,000 per kVA. How can there be such a marked difference in rates? This is a serious violation of consumer rights. How can power supply be charged differently?” said Indrish Gupta, co-founder, Noida Extension Flat Owners Welfare Association (Nefowa). The buyers are finding it particularly difficult now because of the blazing heat, a time when they would like to run airconditioners but cannot because of the power rates.
“At Supertech Eco Village 1, we are being charged over Rs 25,000 per kVA. Anyone who wants to run even a 1.5-tonne airconditioner has to pay a minimum of this amount. This makes running a basic air conditioner also an expensive affair,” said Sumit Saxena a resident of Eco Village I.
However, P C Gupta, ACEO, Greater Noida Authority said, “These charges are based on buyer-builder agreements. Sometimes the builder charges for extra expenses under various overheads and the Authority cannot directly intervene to control this. But we do think there should be standardisation of charges so that there is uniformity.”
Buyers have been protesting against the exorbitant charges by various builders. At Gaur City, buyers have started protesting against the builder having announced a membership fee for the usage of its stadium premises.
“The stadium is a premium section of the society and we can’t afford to make entry free of charge. We are charging a basic fee of Rs 4,500 per person per year, and residents can pay this little price for the sports and health facilities that we are offering there,” said Manoj Gaur, MD, Gaursons.
A group of residents from Amrapali Sapphire also met Noida Authority chairman Rama Raman on the issue. According to Authority sources, the chairman has instructed builders to take maintenance charges only after procuring completion certificates.
Mohit Arora, MD, Supertech, told TOI, “We are charging the industry standard rates. The money goes into paying the electricity board and setting up infrastructure.”