GREATER NOIDA: Days after an “altercation” over a proposed hike in diesel generator (DG) charges between two residents’ groups of a condominium in Greater Noida West, police said the two groups have agreed to settle the dispute.
“The incident was over revised rates of power backup. The two residents’ group engaged in a heated argument. But now, the issue has been settled,” ACP-2 Yogendra Singh said. The two sides will come together to decide on revisions at the next meeting.
On May 9, a clash took place in Samridhi Grand Avenue, Techzone 4, after which tensions prevailed in the society, with an additional police force deployed there. “The protest was planned to oppose the hike in diesel generator charges from Rs 17 to Rs 30 per unit. The unfortunate incident resulted in an FIR and police intervention. But now, we have decided to settle the dispute amicably,” Meena Sharma, a flat owner of Samridhi Grand Avenue, said.
In March this year, the builder served a circular to revise the rates of power backup. The residents and builder agreed on revisions if diesel prices did not go down by April. In April, the builder served a circular again, which led to the altercation.
A spokesperson from the Samridhi group said, “In the last five years, we didn’t revise the rates despite a sharp increase in diesel prices. Then diesel price was Rs 65 per litre. Now, it has gone up to Rs 96. It is unsustainable to offer power backup at five-year-old rates. We have planned to meet with residents and come to a conclusion amicably.”