Water Supply To 6 Noida Projects May Stop As Builders Fail To Pay Bill
Those living in Bengaluru got a warning on World Water Day that is celebrated on March 22. According to Centre for Science and Environment-backed Down To Earth magazine, Bengaluru is among the 10 cities in the world that might be on the verge of an imminent acute water crisis, similar to the one faced by Cape Town in South Africa where all the “taps may start running dry by June-July this year”.
Thousands of residents in Noida are looking at a similar situation. However, the problem they face is quite different in nature. Residents of at least six housing societies in various central sectors are staring at losing water supply for no fault of their own ─ they have been regularly paying bills to their respective developers as maintenance charge. The Noida Authority has already stopped supply water to as many as 28 consumers who together owe it Rs 3 crore as water bill. The authority is now eying to recover Rs 28 lakh from thousands of consumers using the same method.
Last month, the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Ltd halted supplying power to four Amrapali projects in Noida ─ Silicon City, Platinum, Zodiac and Princely Estate ─ as the developer had failed to pay bills to the tune of Rs 5 crore. The developer had not been paying the dues despite collecting the charges from the residents in this case.
On April 2, several flat owners from Ajnara Homes (Sector 74), Aditya Urban Casa & Sunshine Helios (both in Sector 78), JM Orchid, Aditya Celebrity Homes, Sethi Max Royal (all in Sector 76) met the Noida Authority chief executive officer, seeking his intervention in the matter without getting any assurance in this regard, say media reports. In all these housing societies where possession of home was given only three years ago, flat owners have yet to form residents’ welfare associations (RWAs), and still pay their utility bills directly to the developers. It is for the first time that the Noida Authority has sent recovery notices to residents. The recovery calculation done is for the entire period.
“We have a responsibility to recover dues. Since we have sent notices on dues, we will cut water supply if consumers fail to pay,” Noida Authority Senior Project Engineer SC Arora was quoted in a Hindustan Times report as saying.
It is worth mentioning here that the developer is responsible for taking care of all the civic issues till a housing society forms an RWA and take over the matter.