II phase water connections by Sept-end

BWSSB decides to waive road cutting charges for the first two months

 The Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) will begin sanctioning new water supply connections to the residents of the erstwhile city municipal council and town municipal council areas of the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike by September-end.   

Bangalore Water Supply Minister S Suresh Kumar told reporters here on Tuesday that an estimated two lakh new connections will be sanctioned under the Cauvery water IV stage, II phase project, which will be commissioned this month end. The project will bring an additional 500 million litre per day (MLD) of Cauvery water to the City. About 54 BBMP wards coming under the erstwhile CMCs and TMCs will benefit from the project, he added. Suresh Kumar said the BWSSB has decided not to collect road cutting charges for the initial two months, from residents who seek water supply connections under the Cauvery IV stage II phase project. The minister, who held a meeting with the licensed plumbers, said people who want to apply for new connections need to furnish identity and address proofs like monthly electricity bill and voter’s ID card.  The BWSSB will issue ID cards to all the licensed plumbers so that people are not taken for a ride. The Board is also planning to impart training to the plumbers in this regard, he added. 300 licensed plumbers “There are about 300 licensed plumbers in the City. They have been asked to ensure transparency while providing new connections. They should charge the uniform fee for their services. Strict action will be taken against those who try to cheat the people,” Suresh Kumar said.  The BWSSB is chalking out a separate water supply project for the residents of 110 villages brought under the Palike limits.  Bangalore requires an additional 10 tmc ft of water to meet the demand. Hence, the Water Resources department has been requested to take necessary steps in this regard, he added. T Venkataraju, engineer-in-chief, BWSSB said that the plumbers were instructed to provide clear information to the residents about the charges involved for a new connection.   4,000 applications “We have received more than 4,000 applications seeking new water connections.  Our plumbers will visit the houses on the basis of the names mentioned in the application. The residents will have to submit relevant documents and pay Rs 2,040 for the meter installation separately,” he added.

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