Mangaluru: Council resolves not to collect penalty if water meter is faulty

Source: DHNS | Published on 28th August 2021, 2:40 PM | Coastal News |

Oppn urged corporation to reduce hiked water tariff

Mangaluru: The Council of Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) has resolved not to collect penalty levied on consumers with defunct water meters. Instead, it was decided that consumer should pay an average of the minimum for the period when water meter had stopped working.

In the Council meeting, Mayor Premananda Shetty said double penalty was levied on the consumers who failed to get the meter rectified even after receiving the notice. As a result, the consumers were getting water bills to the tune of Rs 6,000 and more. After discussions, the MCC decided to collect minimum average water tariff during the time water meter stopped functioning as per Karnataka Municipalities Act Section 428. If the water meter failed to function even after its repair, then the officer in-charge should fix a minimum charge while issuing the bill.

Reduce the tariff

The Opposition Congress Corporators urged the corporation to reduce the water tariff, which was increased by administrator. The monthly minimum charge for 24,000 litres of water was just Rs 65 in the past. After revision, it is Rs 56 per month for 8,000 litres. Accordingly, people are forced to pay Rs 168 per month for 24,000 litres of water. Though the MCC had  passed a resolution to reduce the tariff, no steps had been taken in this regard, Corporators Abdul Rauf, Lancelot Pinto and A C Vinayraj charged.

“The Council’s resolution to reduce tariff was sent to government for approval. But no steps have been taken despite BJP administration having three engines,” ridiculed Opposition Leader A C Vinayraj. He urged the Mayor to take a delegation to government and impress them on reducing water tariff in order to help consumers reeling under crisis due to Covid-19 pandemic.

MCC Commissioner Akshy Sridhar said that the Council’s resolution to reduce the tariff was sent to government in October 2020 for approval. But government in its reply in May clarified that the Council cannot take decision on reducing the tariff.

Mayor Premananda Shetty said the city corporation will seek government nod to reduce the water tariff.

Meeting with traffic cops

When members raised the issue of parking, the Mayor said that a meeting with traffic police will be convened next week to discuss on traffic and parking woes in city. The corporators expressed displeasure for failing to take up drive against petty shops encroaching on footpath in the city.

The MCC commissioner said that a special vehicle, with all equired equipment, will carry out the drive to clear encroachments on footpaths.

The drive will be taken up from Monday, he added.

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