Power back up and maintenance – How much does it actually cost

There is a general belief among public that Builders in recently developed societies have been charging power backup and maintenance cost at exorbitant rates.
We did a ground study to find out how much should it actually take someone to deliver power back and complete maintenance to all flats in a society to the satisfaction of the residents.

Private builders in Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad, Faridabad and Gurgaon charge somewhere between 12 to 18 Rs. per unit for power backup.
Builders also charge maintenance at Rs. 2 psf to 2.5 psf.
We did a quick analysis of the charges in cooperative societies with top notch maintenance facilities.
As part of this, we covered Black Gold in Greater Noida, NHC in Faridabad and AWHO in Noida and Gurgaon. All these have flat density of 50 per acre to 80 per acre which is lesser than the ones in private builder’s societies.

The flat owners in these societies are generally satisfied with the maintenance and power back provisions.
All these societies are well established and considerably secure societies that have 3 tier security (comprising of security at gate, at tower and electronic surveillance). All these societies have more than 60% green/open area required to be maintained.
They have sufficient plumbers, electricians, cleaners and other staff to support flat owner’s needs.
We were told that these societies are charging from Rs 6.5 to 9 per unit for power back up with the maximum being in AWHO Gurgaon.
Similarly, the maintenance charges are also controlled and are within Rs 1.5 psf with the maximum being in AWHO Gurgaon again.
ATS in Noida where maintenance is being controlled by RWA, is also charging just 1.7 psf.

Quite clearly, the two (power back up and maintenance charges) are being un-necessary overblown by builder to make the maximum money out of this.
Buyers can quote these societies and ask builder for explanation of charges.
Builders however don’t necessarily entertain such requests.
Buyers group can send a legal notice in such cases after taking possession.

Update:

This is a response to comments on the post. We have not done the calculations for the cooperative societies we have mentioned.
We have simply shared the actual power back up cost in these societies.
People may reach RWA, AWHO, sector 82 Noida to confirm the power back up charges if they have any doubts.
The society is just charging 6.5 per unit for power backup.
Next time perhaps, would try to get the calculations/rationale behind these charges as well.

Comments/Feedback invited.

Last updated: June 8, 2015 at 11:21 am

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Can anyone share the current charges of DG backup and Mains of these societies.

Kris
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avinash
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The maintainance in kendriya vihar sec 82 is less than rupee 1….details can be had from the president mr s n choubey

Sanjeev
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Sanjeev

How is power back up cost per KWh calculated? Can some one help us understand? Our builder has started charging Rs 19.36 per unit effective 1 June 2015 irrespective of flat size

puneet
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puneet

Thanks. Pls also name all societies.

Manmohan Jha
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Manmohan Jha

After maintaining our own society as RWA representative. Analysis looks misleading to me.

Maintenance charges of 1.75 is ok but backup charges of 7 – 8 per unit is not realistic. It will be possible only if it is being subsidised or seprate chargea is collected for electricity supplied from DG for common area.

We are able to recover max 50% spent on expense being made on diesel.

jatin
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jatin

7-9 rs a unit in a state where electricity cost itself is 5+ looks like a joke.

Kindly give a calculation to support your observations

puneet
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puneet

Hi, is 7 to 9 rs psf is for DG power supply? Why is it linked to psf and not with per kw.

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