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Water-supply and sewerage bills to be collected through electricity bills

Sanjeev Bhalla , Hindustan Times  Jalandhar, August 20, 2013
First Published: 16:57 IST(20/8/2013) | Last Updated: 16:58 IST(20/8/2013)

The local bodies department has been contemplating a plan to handover the collection of water supply and sewerage bills in the state to the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL), which would incorporate these as the components of electricity bills.
The plan could provide a relief to the local bodies which had failed to collect the pending dues worth crores of rupees due to political compulsions but state government cites providing convenience to people as the reason behind this concept.
Speaking to HT, local bodies minister Punjab State Power Corporation Limited revealed, “Certainly, , if implemented, it would prove as a boon to the urbanites. It will ease them from the tension of paying separate bills due to shortage of time. Through one bill only, they will pay electricity, sewerage and water supply bills.”
“The think tank of local bodies has been brainstorming to finalise the modalities of this project and it would be launched on pilot basis in two to three districts in start,” he said.
“The project would surely improve the collection of dues of water-supply and sewerage, which more-or-less remain pending due to shortage of time with the people. After finalising the proposal, the same would be sent to cabinet for approval,” Bhagat said.
“We are also discussing about it with the PSPCL authorities for its successful implementation who would act as the collecting agency on behalf of local bodies department. In principle, the matter has been discussed and very soon the whole project would take the final shape,” Bhagat added.

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