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Sharp decline in water tax revenue

EIGHTY-EIGHT water tap connections catering to the need of 2,100 houses in one City locality. Unbelievable though it may sound, it is a reality in a locality of the City. Arif Nagar is a case in point. Such a small number of water tap connections would not be enough to take care of drinking water needs of houses upwards of 2,000 in number.

india Updated: Jan 31, 2006 12:36 IST

EIGHTY-EIGHT water tap connections catering to the need of 2,100 houses in one City locality. Unbelievable though it may sound, it is a reality in a locality of the City. Arif Nagar is a case in point. Such a small number of water tap connections would not be enough to take care of drinking water needs of houses upwards of 2,000 in number. This locality is not the only one having 88 taps. The catch is the mentioned tap number is legal one.

Apparently, there is something amiss here, which perhaps explain the sharp decline in water tax collection revenue this year. Many feel that there must be some other source of water or illegal water tap connections in colonies like this one.
At the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) council meeting recently, corporators wondered how such a measly number of water taps were catering to water need in Arif Nagar.

If compared to last financial year, the water tax collection has sharply declined this financial year despite making all efforts to augment the tax revenue. During nine months from April to December 31, 2005, the BMC collected Rs 6.27 crore. In the corresponding period in 2004-05, the amount was Rs 7.73 crore.

The BMC officials are hoping to achieve target till March this year. Though the water tax realisation has increased in some areas, the revenue collection from the domestic water tap connection holders remained Rs 5.23 crore in comparison to Rs 6.96 crore collected last year.

The one difference this time is the BMC realised more from the institutional water taxpayers. In comparison to Rs 66 lakh collected in the same period last year, the BMC this year collected Rs 91.36 lakh.

Despite the low collection of water tax, overall revenue collection has gone up to Rs 27.21 crore this time in comparison to Rs 19.10 crore realised in nine months in last year. Put simply, the revenue collection is up by Rs 8.11 crore till December 31.

According to BMC officials, the BMC administration has set the revenue collection target of Rs 50 crore during the current financial year. During 2004-05, the BMC had collected the revenue worth Rs 36.74 crore. The revenue collection includes various fee and taxes.

The property tax collection till December 31 this also went up to

First Published: Jan 31, 2006 12:36 IST