CBI pays Rs 6 lakh water bill to Bhopal civic body
Central Bureau Of Investigation (CBI), Bhopal office, had to pay Rs 6,26,341 to Bhopal Municipal Corporation for a pending water bill of two years.bhopal Updated: Feb 18, 2016 17:48 IST
Central Bureau Of Investigation (CBI), Bhopal office, had to pay Rs 6,26,341 to Bhopal Municipal Corporation for a pending water bill of two years.
The civic body issued a notice to CBI, asking it to clear the bill in three days or else the tap connections would be cut. Sources said CBI paid the bill within two days of receiving the notice.
Ward officer AP pandey said, “This bill was pending from March 2014 and was of a bulk connection, which includes CBI Office and CBI colony in Char Imli area.”
In February, the corporation issued notice to Hamidia Hospital, Gandhi Medical College and Kamala Nehru Hospital to clear their dues worth Rs 5.41 crore that date back to 2011. The civic body said it will be forced to auction assets of these hospitals if the deadline is not met.
Sources have revealed that BMC is facing a lot of trouble in managing finances. Salaries of corporation employees were getting delayed and the phone service of BMC officials was also disrupted because of non-payment of bills a few days ago. The Narmada pipeline project was also interrupted because the corporation is facing difficulties to pay the private contractors.
The BMC has a history of having balance sheets in the red. In 2006-07, BMC’s income was Rs 139.52 crore, while its expenditure was Rs 152 crore.
By 2010-11, its income increased to Rs 277.68 crore, while its expenditure rose to Rs 284.17 crore. Main reasons given by the BMC regarding the disparity include its financial contribution to many ongoing big projects in the city, repaying loans and paying interest on loans.