Cashing on the current water scarcity in the city, the tankers’ lobby has hiked its rate by Rs 300-Rs 500 per tanker.
If your housing society buys 10,000 litres of water to tide over the current 30 per cent water cut, the society’s purse will get lighter by Rs 800 to Rs 1,200. Earlier, the same would have cost your society just Rs 500 to Rs 700.
Defending the price hike, Sriprakash Malpani, owner of Malpani Filter water supply, said: “We draw water from private wells and the owners of these wells increase the rates forcing us to do the same.”
He currently charges Rs 1,000 for 10,000 litres of water.
He also blamed the shortage of skilled drivers for heavy vehicles and restrictions on the entry of tankers in south Mumbai during the day.
Ghatkopar-based Purshottam Transport supplies tanker water for Rs 800 per 10,000 litres but with a warning — use only for non-potable purposes.
There are about 1,000 tanker firms in the city that draw water from about 15,000 wells and bore wells. The total annual turnover of this industry is pegged at Rs 20 crore.