CHENNAI: All low tension power consumers wanting to extend their houses by more than 2,000 sqft will now have to get new power connections for construction activity. Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) on September 3 ordered that house owners should not use their existing connections for construction purposes.
The order says if an individual extends his house within 2,000 sqft, he or she can use the old connection for carrying out work. But if the area exceeds 2,000 sqft, the owner will have to apply for a fresh connection and draw power from the new line for construction and will be charged under low tension tariff VI. The new connection, after the construction is over, can be surrendered. But if the owner chooses to rent out the extended area, he or she can continue with the new connection, said TNERC secretary S Gunasekaran.
“We came to know about many people found violating the June 20 order asking builders to get new connections if the area exceeds 2,000 sq ft. Therefore, we reissued the order again on Tuesday hoping that builders will follow it,” said Gunasekaran.
Builders are in agreement with the TNERC order and term it fair enough. “We are in agreement with the TNERC order and any extension beyond 2,000 sq ft must be serviced by a new connection. But this connection should not be a separate one even after the construction is completed,” said N Nandakumar, president, Tamil Nadu unit of Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Association of India (CREDAI).
CREDAI Chennai president Sandeep Mehta, welcoming the order, said builders were already abiding by the June 20 order.
The TNERC order said those who seek clarification on it can contact consumer grievance redressal fora in Tangedco distribution circles.