A housing project developed by the HUD3 Investment and Construction JSC in the Van Canh Urban Area in Hanoi’s Hoai Duc district. (Source: bizlive.vn)

HCM City (VNA) – The HCM City Real Estate Association on August 10 asked the local Electricity of Vietnam (EVN HCMC) branch to pay for building the electricity grid for projects being incurred by developers.

Chairman of the association Le Hoang Chau said that under the Electricity Law 2004 and the law supplementing and amending a number of articles of the Electricity Law promulgated in 2012, power companies have the responsibility of building transformer stations and installing electricity meters for customers.

Under the Law on Real Estate Business issued in 2014, project investors must complete infrastructure facilities before handing over houses to their clients.

Currently, property developers had to build all medium-voltage and low-voltage lines as well as transformer stations and connect power meters to the lines to distribute power to every apartment. On completion of the project, they had to pass on all the works to electricity companies without any payment, Chau said.

He added that funds invested in the system supplying power for housing projects often accounted for 1 percent to 2 percent of total project investments. As a result, home buyers would have to pay more.

“After the meeting with EVN HCMC, the association will send a document to the municipal People’s Committee and the Ministry of Industry and Trade, asking the electricity authorities to issue a payment mechanism applied for housing projects of which price is below 22 million VND (982 USD) per sq.m,” Chau said.

Deputy General Director of the EVN HCMC Pham Quoc Bao said the company acknowledged the situation and would report it to the EVN.

Bao said power prices would probably be affected if the electricity sector had to develop a system to distribute power to every apartment in every housing project.

He said the sector might only accept paying the cost for projects of which profitability was ensured, meaning that people had to live there and consume electricity.

For high-priced projects, in which nobody lived and no power was consumed, it was hard for the sector to incur the cost.

A lawyer in HCM City said to thesaigontimes.vn that housing developers must complete all technical facilities, including electricity systems, within the scope of the project while power companies must supply electricity to the hedge of the projects and install power meters as requested by home buyers.-VNA