Pune residents may have to pay more maintenance after 24x7 water supply
The scheme will increase the burden on housing societies who will now have to collect extra maintenance charge and pay water taxpune Updated: Jul 04, 2017 23:22 IST
Housing Societies will need to collect more maintenance charge once the 24x7 water supply scheme gets executed in the city. According to civic officials, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is planning to install the water meters for housing societies instead of each household.
It would increase the burden for housing societies as they will have to collect more maintenance cost and pay water tax. As per the existing system, citizens get water tax directly on their individual names which is part of the property tax. However, once the water meters would be installed the water tax would have to be paid by the housing society instead of individuals.
Kunal Kumar, municipal commissioner and Pravin Gedam, 24x7 water meter project in charge, confirmed it to the Hindustan Times.
Gedam said that as the water meters would be installed to the housing society, the society executive committee would have to divide it in users and submit the bill to the PMC.
Plumbing design within the housing society are not designed in a way that each house will get a separate meter. The PMC is giving water connection to the housing society and not for individuals.
The new system would create more problems. In many housing societies some members do not pay regular maintenance to the housing society. This new metering system would add more to maintenance amount for the society. If some members did not pay maintenance to the housing society, how would they be able to repay the bill to the civic body.
One of the senior officers from PMC said that the main purpose of the system was to pay money only for water they use. As the meter would be only at society level, how could one be able to know the use of each unit holder. Even if some members use more water, all other members would have to pay the same charges which is against the principal of the scheme.
If some flat owners who do not stay in the housing society and their flats are locked they would not pay the tax. In such cases, it would create fight among the housing society members.