City-based industry has demanded rollback of the sharing charges imposed on water and sewerage connections through a notification on October 10.
As part of a protest, a delegation of the Federation of Commercial and Industrial Organization (FICO) on Tuesday, travelled to Chandigarh and met Raminder Singh, secretary-cum-director of industries.
A notification in this regard was issued on October 23, 1992, and again on March 23, 2005, mandating sharing the cost of water and sewerage connections’ infrastructure between independent institutions, such as hospitals, urban estate, improvement trust, industrial area, schools and colleges.
FICO president Gurmeet Kular said the cost of infrastructure had already been factored into the cost of water and sewerage services being provided to the industry in the annual bills being raised on regular basis.
The United Cycle and Parts Manufacturer Association (UCPMA) also held a meeting on Monday where industrialists demanded rollback of the sharing charges. UCPMA president Charanjit Singh Vishivkarma said industrialists who had purchased land either from Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) or Ludhiana Improvement Trust had already paid the sewerage charges, adding that imposition of such charges would mean more burden on the industry.