Ghaziabad societies slapped with huge water, sewer bills28 June,2014
GHAZIABAD: Residents of several housing societies in Ghaziabad, including Indirapuram and other areas, are up in arms against Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) which has suddenly issued extremely high bills of water and sewer charges. Most housing societies claim to have never received any such bill in the past from the authority.
The bill amounts range from Rs 15 lakh to over Rs 1 crore, depending on the number of apartments. The Federation of Associations of Apartment Owners of Ghaziabad (FAAOG) said that more than 100 societies- high-rises with large number of flats in them-have been issued the bills, particularly in areas of Indirapuram, Raj Nagar Extension and Crossings Republik.
Many of the housing societies claim bills against water charges have been issued despite no supply of Ganga water to their premises. Other societies complain that sewer charges were levied despite problems with the disposal system, like overflows and blockages, not having been fixed by the authority. Maintenance of the areas, where the societies are located, has not yet been handed over to the Ghaziabad municipality.
“Initially, officials had directed RWAs to undertake the responsibility of collecting bills from society residents. The authority has threatened to disconnect water and sewer lines if payments are not made in time,” said Alok Kumar, president, FAAOG.
Appeals have been made by many housing societies to GDA to prohibit sudden imposition of these stiff bills. The federation also asked the GDA to take a considerate view in levying the bills. However, collection has been initiated by the GDA that has set up camps within societies’ premises.
The FAAOG has approached Allahabad high court for respite. A contempt petition alleging that GDA has flouted a December 2013 high court order, which barred development authorities from levying any development fee or water charge till rules are framed by the state legislature, was admitted by the court last week.