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BJP to oppose hike in water cess

EVEN BEFORE the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) administration can recommend hike in water cess for domestic connection holders to Rs 160 per month, the BJP corporators today decided to oppose any proposal in this regard.

india Updated: Apr 19, 2006 01:20 IST

EVEN BEFORE the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) administration can recommend hike in water cess for domestic connection holders to Rs 160 per month, the BJP corporators today decided to oppose any proposal in this regard.

During BJP corporators group meeting, the members decided that any hike in water cess at this point of time would be unwarranted, unnecessary and uncalled for. The meeting was organised to press corporators in election work in Budhni Assembly constituency during the polling on April 23. Earlier, some corporators had given indications that they would not be averse to the idea, if the water cess was hiked to Rs-100 per month level.

Most BJP corporators said there should be no hike in water tax during summer. They are of the opinion that as the BMC would not be in a position to provide adequate water in summer, any hike in water cess would only anger residents.

Besides, the corporators also said that the proposal should be forwarded by Congress-led Mayor-in-Council (MiC) and not by the BMC administration. That, they feel, would not allow Mayor Sunil Sood to heap blame for water cess hike at the doorstep of the BJP-led BMC’s general council. Some corporators also said any hike would be justified only after the completion of Narmada or Kolar-II scheme.

Earlier, the MiC had returned the proposal of hiking the water cess quoting the Section 132 of the Municipal Corporation Act. The MiC said only the BMC general council has the right to increase tax.

When asked, senior BJP corporator Alok Sanjar said the MiC could at least recommend, if it is really serious about hiking the water cess. Sood only wants to blame the BJP by not recommending the hike, he added.

Mayor-in-Council member and Congress corporator Mohammed Sarwar said there should be a joint meeting to evolve a consensus on the issue. There is no question of blaming each other but to consider the requirement of BMC administration. If the MiC recommends the hike, the BJP-led BMC council can turn down the proposal blaming the Congress, he contended.

First Published: Apr 19, 2006 01:20 IST