The Chandigarh administration, after going through resistance from varied quarters, plans to roll again the water fee hike that was began in September final yr. In September final yr, the water tariff was elevated by 200 occasions.
Sources mentioned that with simply 5 months left within the municipal company elections, the BJP was always speaking to the administration for a fee lower.
A senior Chandigarh administration official confirmed that “rates may be cut soon”, whereas the sewerage cess that’s paid by residents on water payments may also be decreased from the present 30 % to 5 %.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Chandigarh BJP chief Arun Sood mentioned, “We are in talks with the administration and the rates will be reduced as before.” In reality, residents will now need to pay lower than earlier than because the sewer cess can be being decreased from 30 % to five %.
The BJP has additionally requested the administration whether or not the elevated charges paid by the residents will be adjusted. “We have demanded that the increased rates paid by the people be adjusted in the coming bills,” Sood mentioned.
The UT administration was against the withdrawal of the elevated tariff regardless of going through resistance from varied quarters.
On 9 March this yr, six months after the 200 % improve, councilors had resolved within the General Assembly to withdraw the elevated tariff. Councilors then vowed that 2011 charges may apply for water charges, a minimum of so long as the Kovid-19 epidemic was spreading. Two slabs will be reconstituted after the epidemic is over, in addition to a discount in sewerage cess.
The House had mentioned that even after the expiry of the interval of Kovid, the charges of a minimum of two slabs can be decreased – in 31-60 KL slabs, the place the speed can be decreased from Rs 12 per KL to Rs 9 per KL. And in slabs above 60 KL, the place the speed has been decreased from Rs 24 per KL to Rs 16 per KL. It was additionally determined to cut back the sewerage cess from 30 % to five %.
Meanwhile, the Congress had merely pretended the roll-back, saying that it was the BJP that elevated the charges and “now they were pretending to understand the pain of the people”.
The accessible official file states that the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation is presently spending Rs 215 crore per yr on water provide and sewerage.
The Chief Engineer had additionally talked about earlier than the General Assembly that the Municipal Corporation is spending Rs 215 crore on the upkeep of water provide and sewage amenities in Chandigarh and 22 villages underneath it.
However, Municipal Commissioner KK Yadav had mentioned in a word to the administration that if the elevated tariff was withdrawn, there can be a lack of Rs 48 crore.
With inputs from TheIndianEXPRESS