No sewerage cess if old apartments instal STPs

No sewerage cess if old apartments instal STPs

Bengaluru Development Minister K J George on Thursday said the government will waive  sewerage cess on old residential apartment complexes in the city if they set up their own sewerage treatment plants.

Replying to JD(S) member R Chowda Reddy in the Legislative Council, he said STPs are mandatory for all new apartments. Those constructed after February 25 last year, have been given time till December this year to set up STPs. Sewerage cess will be waived for those constructed before February 25 last year, if they set up STPs, he added.

The Bengaluru Water Supply and Sewerage Board is currently levying 30% of the monthly water bill amount as sewerage cess on apartments that do not have STPs.

Chowda Reddy complained that the BBMP officials and BWSSB were needlessly harassing people living in apartments to set up STPs.

George assured that he would take strict action against such officials. Responding to a query on revival of Bellandur and Varthur lakes by P R Ramesh of Congress, the minister said tenders have been finalised for taking up various works for the revival of the two lakes.

The revival plan is in accordance with the recommendations of an expert committee. Two STPs are being set up to ensure only treated water is let into the lakes, George added.
DH News Service

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