Malaiya for water tax hike
URBAN ADMINISTRATION and Development Minister Jayant Malaiya today advised the urban bodies that they should increase water tax to meet the increasing cost of water supply. He reiterated that the State Government would introduce laws to penalise people who fail to install the rooftop rainwater harvesting devices.india Updated: May 31, 2006 14:43 IST
URBAN ADMINISTRATION and Development Minister Jayant Malaiya today advised the urban bodies that they should increase water tax to meet the increasing cost of water supply. He reiterated that the State Government would introduce laws to penalise people who fail to install the rooftop rainwater harvesting devices.
Malaiya was addressing the ‘Jal Sammelan’ organised by the Bhopal Municipal Corporation to educate the colonisers, corporators and officials about the groundwater conservation.
Malaiya said that cost of water supply had gone up manifolds, because drinking water was brought from long distances. All the urban bodies were incurring huge losses on water supply, he added.
Finance Minister Raghavji and Mayor Sunil Sood were also present on the occasion. Malaiya said that huge quantity of water was lost due to leakages and pilferage. The municipal bodies would have to control their own employees giving illegal connections, he added.
Raghavji said that awareness over water conservation was increasing all over the world. There was need of additional sources of water for every city of the country. He stressed the need of wastewater management, which could be helpful in nurturing gardens.
Mayor Sunil Sood said that many buildings were constructed spending big money but were useless due to non-availability of water.
Sood said that the BMC would strictly implement every rule the government formed for groundwater conservation. Earlier, BMC Commissioner Manish Singh and additional Commissioner Abhay Bedekar shed light on the water conservation awareness campaign.
Singh said that the BMC would install rooftop rainwater harvesting in 25 buildings. The BMC would also dig up ponds in different areas of the City to recharge groundwater, he added. The corporators and mayor-in-council members were also present.