Civic body goes innovative to recover dues

  • Harshraj Singh, Hindustan Times, LUDHIANA
  • Updated: Nov 30, 2014 15:10 IST

In a bid to recover water and sewerage bills from tax defaulters, the Ludhiana municipal corporation (MC) has started conducting surveys through geographic information system (GIS) and scrutinising unauthorised connections.

PS Ghuman, commissioner, Zone D, said: “Recently a GIS survey was conducted in Block 27, which includes Atam Nagar, Kartar Nagar, New Kartar Nagar, Adarsh Nagar and Model Town extension. It was found that of total 2,233 houses in these areas, only 1,606 properties had authorised water supply connections.”

Ghuman said of 1,606 houses, which had authorised connections, 1,426 houses were paying bills.”

Hartej Singh, superintendent, MC, said: “The MC teams had visited different areas of the city where people had given pending dues so that they could not face any disconnection of water supply.”

“Earlier, it was difficult to identify the properties which have illegal water supply connections. With help of GIS, it has become easy to find out illegal connections,” he said.

He said five to six illegal connections were disconnected on Thursday, while some defaulters had paid dues as they did not want disconnection of water supply.

Sources said the civic body was yet to recover around Rs 150 to Rs 200 crore from defaulters as there were several people who had failed to submit sewerage and water supply bills while many were enjoying facilities by getting illegal connections.

They said a city-based private firm had prepared data through satellite pictures of the properties and the MC officials were cross checking the properties which did not have valid sewerage and water connections. “It will take four more months to prepare the data of the entire city with GIS,” Ghuman said. He appealed to the people concerned to regularise their unauthorised connection by paying the required fee, otherwise connections will be disconnected.

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