You will have to pay more for your water bills starting April.
The civic standing committee on Friday gave its nod to increase sewerage tax from 60% t o 70% of your water charges.
The administration had put forth the proposal in the committee demanding an 80% hike. However, the committee permitted only a 10% increase. The new charges will be levied with effect from April 1.
Manoj Kotak, Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP) g roup leader in the civic body, said, “There is no need to hike sewerage tax and burden citizens. The BMC is the richest civic body and its financial condition isn’t so bad that they have to burden citizens with more taxes.”
Civic officials said increase in sewerage taxes by 10% will fetch an additional revenue of Rs65 crore to the BMC.
“This will increase our revenue so that we can provide better services to citizens. The hike is unnecessary,” said Sanjay Mukherjee, additional municipal commissioner.
Meanwhile, the Opposition party walked out of the meeting.
They demanded that the meeting be adjour ned on account of the death of former home minister RR Patil.
Devendra Amberkar, Opposition leader in the BMC, said, “The meetings are adjourned for every other important person, then why not for RR Patil?”