OC, building plan must for electricity connection

OC, building plan must for electricity connection

OC, building plan must for electricity connection

Occupancy Certificate (OC) and building plan sanction will be made mandatory for obtaining permanent electricity connections from electricity supply companies (escoms), Energy Minister D K Shivakumar said on Monday.

Speaking to reporters here, the minister said the move had been initiated following a recent inter-departmental meeting to prevent the violation of building by-laws.

The Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) has initiated a similar move of making OC mandatory for obtaining water connections.

Following the decision, escoms have been directed to provide power connection only when the property owners submit a No Objection Certificate (NOC) or an OC from the civic agencies. However, the condition will not be applicable to buildings on sites measuring 8,000 square feet and going up to a maximum height of 50 feet, he said.

For now, if the OC is not furnished, temporary power connections are being provided based on the licence for construction and building plan approved by the Urban Development Department. If temporary connections are to be made permanent, the building owners must furnish occupancy certificates, he added.

However, the deadline fixed for the regularisation ended on December 31, 2014. While some builders who have obtained temporary connections have sought more time to provide the OC, a decision on the extension will be taken shortly, he said. Violators will have to bear a penalty in the form of a 25 per cent higher tariff cost on the energy consumed.

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