Water tariff hike likely this month


Briefing the media at Thoraikadanahalli reservoir here on Friday, Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) Minister Katta Subramanya Naidu said the proposal envisaged reduction in water tariff for those who consume very less water per month.

“The water charge for the minimum consumer is Rs 48 presently. This will be brought down to Rs 36 by creating a new consumer slab,” he said.

Most of the below-poverty- line families fall under the category that consumes minimum quantum of water and they stand to gain, he said.

According to sources, the existing slab structures will be split into smaller ones. A  new slab of zero consumption to 6,000 litres consumption will be created. And this section will gain from the proposed minimum tariff of Rs 36. The exact amount that will be increased under each consumption category is being worked out. It will be spelt out only early next week, Naidu said. “I can assure you that the maximum amount the biggest consumers will pay will not exceed over Rs 600 to Rs 700,” he said.

“The proposals have already been sent to the Urban Development department and is expected to be approved by the Cabinet next week or an approval will be sought from the chief minister,” the minister said.

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