Uttar Pradesh government led by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has made a huge announcement that will benefit at least half a million residents of posh housing societies in Noida. This was after his government on Thursday allowed individual power connections to those living in apartments and multi-storey buildings.
The move will benefits the residents of Noida, Ghaziabad and Greater Noida, where the housing apartments have sprung up in large numbers in the last few years.
Tenants and flat owners had repeatedly complained to the government that apartment managements were fleecing them. “There were complaints that builders were charging power rates arbitrarily while selling the flats. The state government has decided to bring an end to this,” an official was quoted by IANS.
The management of these housing societies charged exorbitant rates towards electricity costs from the residents of their societies. These residents including the flat owners could not get the electricity connection directly from the power companies.
Flat owners will now be able to get electricity connections directly from power companies. Uttar Pradesh Power Minister Shrikant Sharma said that the apartment managements had been told to change the single-point connection to multi-point connections by 31 March next year.
Earlier, the power minister had met senior officials of the state power regulatory commission. The state government’s decision was conveyed to the chairman of the UP State Electricity Regulatory Commission, (UPSERC), which cleared the proposal.
The officials said under section 43 of the Electricity Act, no consumer can be prevented from taking a power connection.
Adityanath has become the first chief minister in the recent years to have defied the superstition on the visit of Noida by the state chief ministers. Previously Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati never visited Noida because of the superstition that their visit to the city may cause their electoral defeats.
They both could not get themselves re-elected despite not visiting Noida. Adityanath, in contrast, has visited Noida twice since become the chief minister last year.