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