Your monthly water bills will increase by 8% with effect from June 16 (Tuesday).
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has proposed to increase water charges for all consumers, including slumdwellers and commercial buildings. The decision was announced in the BMC’s 2015-16 budget.
In 2014, the civic standing committee had also cleared a proposal allowing the civic body to hike water charges every year by 8%.
This means all residential properties that were charged Rs 4.32 per 1,000 litres will now have to pay Rs4.66. Commercial and industrial structures will have to pay Rs 35 instead of the current Rs32.
The sewerage tax, which is a component while calculating the water bill, was recently increased by 10%. This means the sewerage charges will be calculated as 70% on the water bill as against the earlier 60%.
At present, based on your society’s monthly consumption reflected on the meter reading, the BMC derives your monthly water bill. Sixty per cent of the water charges are then added as sewerage charges to the final bill.
“The increase in water charges will result in additional revenue of Rs 107.02 crore,” said a senior civic official from the hydraulic department, requesting anonymity.
Opposition parties said they will not support the proposal when it is tabled in the standing committee meeting on Thursday.
Rais Shaikh, Samajwadi Party group leader, said, “The administration has been increasing charges by 8% for the past two years, but there has been no improvement in the supply. It is unfair to loot the taxpayers.”