The municipal corporation has for the second time extended its amnesty scheme to clear pending water bills, Abhay Yojna, by a month since its launch on October 1.
The civic water department has to recover Rs 890 crore from domestic and commercial consumers, including government agencies such as the police department and state housing authority. Since October, the department has recovered only Rs 188 crore.
According to the scheme, if an individual, company or any government agency has not paid the water bill, they can pay the entire amount and get a rebate of 2% additional charge levied for the delayed payment.
Due to poor response, the scheme had been extended up to December 31, and now further extended until January 31.
The state housing authority has paid a major portion of its outstanding water bill of Rs 111 crore.
The public works department and police department have also cleared their dues during the scheme period.
The outstanding amount of domestic users is more than Rs 502 crore. The Western Railway has dues totalling Rs 67, the state housing authority now owes the BMC just Rs 27 crore.
The municipal corporation’s sister concern BEST has an outstanding of Rs 22 lakh in water bills.