COM­MER­CIAL POWER TAR­IFF TO HIGH-RISE RES­I­DENTS’ MIS­ERY

The New Indian Express - - FRONT PAGE - MADHUMITHA VISWANATH

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.

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