The Jalandhar municipal corporation had identified around 800 illegal water connections in the city and will soon issue notices to consumers who have failed to register their connections with the civic body. Those with illegal commercial connections will be issued notices first.
The violators will have to pay water bill of three years as penalty.
The civic body has decided to initiate stringent action against consumers with illegal water connection following the state government's order. The state government had asked consumers to get their water connections registered with the civic body by May 31.
The fee of getting a domestic connection registered was fixed at Rs 200 for 125 sq yards, Rs 500 for 125-250 sq yards and Rs 1,000 for 250 sq yards and more area. Similarly, for a commercial connection, the fee is Rs 1,000 for 250 sq yards and Rs 1,500 for area more than 250 sq yards.
According to the notification passed by the state government for regularisation of water connection, consumers residing on less than 5 marla (125 sq yards) area were exempted from paying the water and sewerage bills. However, it was made clear that such consumers should get their connection regularised or will be liable to a penalty that amounts to user charge since May 31, 2006.
Nichattar Singh, executive engineer (operation and maintenance branch), said, "The civic body was facing huge losses due to illegal water connection in the city. Despite the state government's order, many consumers have failed to get their connections regularised and hence the civic body has decided to initiate action against violators."
The consumers who have failed to get their connection regularised by May 31 will be served notices. The government notification had asked the consumers to give a self-declaration to get their connection regulated. People who have failed to do so will now have to pay the penalty and might also lose their connection, said Singh.
"With the onset of summer, many areas were facing water scarcity despite being supplied ample amount of water as consumers with illegal water connection had been wasting gallons of water. Our department had conducted a survey and identified such illegal connections. Currently, we will issue notices to commercial consumers and after that domestic consumers will face the crackdown," he said.