COMMERCIAL POWER TARIFF TO HIGH-RISE RESIDENTS’ MISERY
TANGEDCO has started implementing its 2017 tariff order that mandates all multi-storeyed buildings across the State to pay for common area facilities as per commercial tariff. Residents have expressed strong opposition to this move fearing a steep hike in their monthly maintenance charges.
Residents of multi-tenement residential complexes will be shelling out an extra `50,000`60,000 as maintenance charges bi-monthly as Tangedco has brought back its old system of charging certain facilities such as gymnasium, swimming pool and community halls according to commercial tariff. Additionally, sewage treatment plants, reverse osmosis plants and fire safety systems come under this tariff range causing the ire of residents.
From 2012 to 2014, luxury facilities such as gym, swimming pool, amphitheatre and community halls were billed by
Tangedco under commercial tariff. But, from 2014 to 2017 all common area facilities were billed under domestic tariff. Yet again since 2017, the old system prevalent in 2012 has been brought back. “Lift, light and water pumps will be given under one service connection for each block in an apartment and charged under the domestic tariff. Things like treatment plants are used by residents and are not exclusive for any particular block. Hence it’s under commercial pricing,” said an official.