Dis­com de­tects power theft, cuts sup­ply to so­ci­ety; 250 fam­i­lies hit

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - - Gurugram - Dhanan­jay Jha dhanan­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com ■

The Dak­shin Haryana Bi­jli Vi­tran Nigam (DHBVN) dis­con­nected elec­tric­ity sup­ply to Parsvanath Ex­ot­ica, a res­i­den­tial so­ci­ety on Golf Course Road, on Wednes­day, fol­low­ing a raid by its vig­i­lance de­part­ment, which al­legedly found power theft at a con­struc­tion site within the town­ship.

The move, how­ever, has af­fected 250 fam­i­lies liv­ing in five tow­ers of the town­ship. DHBVN had pro­vided two sep­a­rate elec­tric­ity con­nec­tions to the town­ship: a sin­gle point con­nec­tion avail­able to the 11 oc­cu­pied tow­ers, and an­other point for a con­struc­tion site where two or more tow­ers are presently be­ing built.

Ac­cord­ing to DHBVN of­fi­cials, the sec­ond con­nec­tion was be­ing used to sup­ply power to five tow­ers, which are oc­cu­pied by 250 fam­i­lies.

KC Ag­gar­wal, su­per­in­tend­ing en­gi­neer of the DHBVN, said, “A raid was con­ducted at the site, and the in­for­ma­tion was found to be gen­uine. Elec­tric­ity sup­ply at the site has been sus­pended and penalty will be im­posed. ”Ag­gar­wal fur­ther said, “It would have been ac­cept­able if the de­vel­oper had sur­plus elec­tric­ity and was sup­ply­ing it to res­i­dents from the con­struc­tion site. But we found an il­le­gal con­nec­tion at the site, and this is a se­ri­ous of­fence.”

Parsvanath De­vel­op­ers Lim­ited launched the project in 2004-05. It ob­tained oc­cu­pancy cer­tifi­cate(OC) for 11 out of 18 tow­ers. In 2015-16, the de­vel­oper of­fered pos­ses­sion to 250 fam­i­lies in the five af­fected tow­ers without OCs, while con­struc­tion for the re­main­ing two tow­ers was still un­der­way. As such, res­i­dents of the five af­fected tow­ers have no DHBVN elec­tric­ity con­nec­tions like the 11 oc­cu­pied tow­ers in ab­sence of the oc­cu­pancy cer­tifi­cate (OC).

“We have been de­mand­ing an au­tho­rised DHBVN con­nec­tion for the past two years, but it has not hap­pened till date. How­ever, we had been get­ting elec­tric­ity from the con­struc­tion site. We have no idea if it was le­gal or not,” said Nalin Sood, a res­i­dent of Tower D5.

DHBVN of­fi­cials said that they will now im­pose a penalty on the de­vel­oper ei­ther on Satur­day or on Mon­day. The con­nec­tion can be re­stored only after the pay­ment of the penalty.

Vivek Garg, se­nior ex­ec­u­tive of Parsvanath Lim­ited, said, “We have given a rep­re­sen­ta­tion to DHBVN ex­plain­ing our po­si­tion. The con­trac­tor made this fault.”

BK Saini, se­nior town plan­ner said, “There many so­ci­eties in the city in which res­i­dents live without OCs. Sev­eral de­vel­op­ers have ap­plied for the same and the mat­ter is presently un­der con­sid­er­a­tion. Legally, de­vel­op­ers can­not al­low pos­ses­sions without OCs.”

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