Kodagu CMC will hike the water tariff following the direction from the department of Urban Development to all City Corporations, City Municipal Councils, Town Municipal Councils and Town Panchayats to revise water tariff.
Barring Bruhath Bangalore Mahanagara Palike, all the five Corporations, 22 CMCs, 30 TMCs and 57 urban local bodies have been directed to hike the water tariff.
At present two types of tariff are being collected from water users. The local bodies collect Rs 45 from domestic users and Rs 250 from non domestic users.
However, in the new revised tariff, there would be three slabs ie domestic, non domestic, commercial/industrial.
For those who do not have meter, the tariff would be Rs 175 for domestic (in corporation limits), Rs 120 (CMC limits) and Rs 80 (in TMC and TP limits).
Non domestic purpose is the utilisation of water in hotels, shops. The tariff would be Rs 350 (in corporation limits) Rs 240 (in CMC limits) and Rs 160 (in TMC and TP limits).
As per the order from department of Urban Development, the water tariff has not been revised since November 15, 1996. In the last 14 years, the expenditure for the maintenance of water supply and salary of the staff has increased by 133 per cent, electricity expenses has increased by 200 per cent.
In such a situation, the hike in water tariff is inevitable, said the order from Urban Development department.
The CMC Commissioner Shashikumar said that the revised water tariff will be placed before the council on September 19.
After obtaining approval from the members, it would be implemented. The CMC is spending Rs one crore for supplying water to the citizens. The citizens should cooperate with the City Muncipal Corporation, he added.
The Urban Development department has directed all the urban local bodies to give emphasis to the water meters. Meters should be installed for every connection in the next two years.
The local bodies should take the responsibility of installing the meters. Local bodies have the right to issue notice and collect penalty from all those water users who have not installed meters.