‘prepaid Meters Not In Stock’, Homebuyers Can’t Shift To Flats, ET RealEstate

November 1, 2023

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GHAZIABAD: The homebuyers of Vedantam Minaret in Abhay Khand 4 have already paid for prepaid meters for multipoint connections but can not shift to their flats due to a delay in installing the meters, which, power officials said, are not in stock. Only 11 buyers are currently living in the society, and they are sourcing electricity from the common area.

“Till now, 27 homebuyers have applied for electricity connections, but only two have received the meters. The remaining applications are pending for the last two-three months. The PVVNL (Pashchimanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited) recently informed about a shortage of three-phase prepaid meters since July this year,” said Yash Bisht, a homebuyer.

According to the developer, the PVVNL sanctioned a multipoint load of 771 kVA on September 19 last year and was to develop the power infrastructure in the society. The external and internal electrical infrastructure has been functional and operational from June this year, but PVVNL is yet to install the meters.

“The society received the OC (occupation certificate) from the GDA (Ghaziabad Development Authority) in May 2023. Homebuyers started getting possession from June 2023, and the developer started executing sale deeds from July 2023. Then it established a helpdesk and facilitated the electricity connection process through the UPPCL (Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited) portal. The application for the first connection was on August 6, and the helpdesk received over 20 more applications till September,” said Ankita Bisht, customer relationship manager of the society.

Buyers said PVVNL initially raised an objection on the size of the meter panels installed in the light-tension (LT) room by the developer. The developer proposed a temporary solution in the interest of the allottees, but PVVNL refused to cooperate. So, the developer ordered new panels and installed them in less than two weeks, communicating the development to PVVNL. However, the work on the meters did not progress after that.

“We shifted to the society a few months ago as we had no option. The developer cooperated with us and provided us electricity from the common area. We are following up with the power officials, but they are not keeping up with what they are saying and extending the dates,” said Pooja, who recently shifted to the society.

In August, PVVNL informed residents that it placed an order for meters, and that the company would deliver the meters in October. However, residents recently found out that the meters are yet to come and will not before the second week of November.

A power official said, “The orders for the meters have been placed. The meters are in Ahmedabad now and likely to reach us by November 5.”

  • Published On Nov 1, 2023 at 08:49 AM IST

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