As various departments of the municipal corporation (MC) are busy compiling the expenditure and other financial details for planning the budget of the coming financial year 2016-17, whose meeting is expected to be convened at the end of this month, the operations and maintenance branch of MC is hoping to receive additional revenue to the tune of Rs 60 crore from the new water-metering policy for meeting targets.
Under the new water-metering policy of the Punjab government, the water supply bills will be clubbed with the power bills. The Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) will be the revenue collecting body and the amount generated will be shared between the MC and the PSPCL.
Lakhwinder Singh, superintending engineer of operations and maintenance department of MC, said, “As the PSPCL would be given the role of collecting water supply charges, the number of water supply consumers would be counted the same as power consumers and revenue is definitely going to increase.”
While sharing the details of water supply charges, the officials said the department had received Rs 15.3 crore till March 2 of financial year 2015-16 while on the same date last year, the department had collected Rs 14.52 crore.
As per the records of MC, there are 1.4 lakh consumers, out of which around 60,000 hold property of less than 5 marlas, and they are exempted from levying of charges.
Meanwhile, PSPCL north zone branch, which will start collecting water supply charges from the next month, provides electricity to around 5.15 lakh power consumers in Jalandhar and Phagwara, out of which 3.83 lakh are domestic consumers. In the municipal limits of MC, there are a total of 3.5 lakh power consumers.
NO NEW TUBEWELLS THIS YEAR
Though the MC is expecting an increase in revenue after implementation of watermetering policy, it has decided not to invest in the installation of new tubewells this year. The reason for this are the already burdened sewerage treatment plants due to huge amount of waste water being released on daily basis.
Officials said out of 500 tubewells of MC, 476 were currently in working condition while installation of the rest had been put on hold. They further said though they would be investing in maintenance and repair of tubewells, no new tubewells would be installed.