Proposal on water tariff revision put on hold

Proposal on water tariff revision  put on hold

The Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board's (BWSSB) proposal for a hike in water tariff ranging from 50 per cent to 200 per cent had few takers in the meeting attended by the representatives of several civic bodies. 

The BWSSB had convened a meeting on Wednesday to discuss revision of water tariff.

This, the water board officials said, became inevitable after the power tariffs were hiked by five per cent. And it is necessary to sustain many ongoing projects.

M S Ravishankar, Chairman, BWSSB told reporters that there was a proposal to revise tariff but it could not be done due to lack of unanimity.

“The additional chief secretary of the Urban Development Department (UDD) and the other members of the board wanted more clarity on the tariff charges. We have to fix the rates after elaborately discussing the capital gain, expenditure and various slabs for the customers.”

Rates not finalised

“We have not yet finalised the rates for domestic, non-domestic and industrial consumers,” said Ravishankar. The proposal is to hike the water tariff from 50 per cent to 200 per cent but there is an urgency to increase water tariff by at least 50 per cent.

He added that the five per cent increase in power tariff has necessitated the BWSSB to increase the water charges. The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) commissioners too attended the meeting apart from the UDD additional chief secretary.

S2D project shelved

The BWSSB also dumped the S2D pipeline laying project in Koramangala Valley after the former BWSSB Minister and Rajajinagar MLA, S Suresh Kumar was extremely critical about it.

He stated that in the morning the cost of the project was Rs 45 crore. But  eventually, it escalated to Rs 111 crore.

“The BWSSB is facing a financial crunch and this project will ruin the board further. I’d earlier informed the government officials not to go ahead with this project of open loot,” Suresh Kumar said.

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