The Chandigarh municipal corporation is all set to increase water tariff, by more than three times the current rates, from April . The increased rates will be applicable on bills where the consumption is more than 30 kilolitre (1 kilolitre (kl) = 1,000 litres) a month.
The average domestic consumption per person per day in the city is 252 litres, meaning a monthly consumption of 8,000 litres per person. However, the consumption varies sector-wise as a resident in posh sectors consumes around 10,000 litres a month.
So, the tariff hike will mostly be applicable on a family of six residing in a 1-kanal house in northern sectors. Here, the tariff will be increased to Rs 25 from the existing Rs 8, if the total consumption is between 60-80 kl.
Interestingly, the decision has been taken even as the municipal corporation has rejected the proposal several times in the House meetings. The decision also comes days before the administration is to submit its plan for inclusion on the list of smart cities to be developed by April 15.
The proposal comes because the civic body is likely to introduce telescopic water tariff system in the city. Under this system, the rate increases as the consumption rises. In this structure, the basic minimum water requirement will be kept at lower rates. Those who consume more than the basic minimum water requirement will have to shell out more.
The agenda will be tabled at the House meeting at the end of this month for approval and will be implemented by April.
A detailed stud y conducted by the civic body’s engineering wing in October 2014 had revealed that a resident in the posh northern sectors consumes 934 litres to 1,376 litres of water per day.
The MC study reported, “The consumption is more in the northern sectors as compared to that in other sectors and some sectors like 2, 3, 4, 5 and 9, are drawing more than 1,000 litres per person per day as against the average domestic demand of the city which is 252 litres per person per day.
This is due to the fact that the houses in these sectors are mostly 1 kanal or more in the area.
A senior officer of MC said, “There is a huge difference between the cost of procurement and the tariff charged, leading to losses for the exchequer. We have proposed the hike and will table this proposal in the House meeting scheduled this end of this month and we are hoping it will be implemented in April.”