Mumbaiites have to pay more for water from June 16
According to a 2012 resolution by the BMC, domestic users are paying Rs4.91 per 1,000 litresmumbai Updated: Jun 15, 2018 11:15 IST
As part of its annual hike, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has increased water charges by 3.72% or Rs 0.18 per 1,000 litres for domestic users. The hike will be applicable from June 16.
According to a 2012 resolution by the BMC, domestic users are paying Rs4.91 per 1,000 litres, which will increase to Rs5.09. For users in slums, water charges will jump to Rs3.82 per 1,000 litres from Rs3.68. The charges for non-domestic users such as non-trading institutions will climb to Rs20.40 per 1,000 litres from Rs19.67. With the revised rates, the BMC expects to earn Rs41.33 crore more in the remainder months of this financial year.
As per the 2012 resolution, the BMC can increase the water tax annually while keeping the hike rate below 8%. The first hike on water charges was introduced in 2012, when the rates were hiked from Rs3.50 to Rs4 for domestic users, followed by another 8% hike in June 2013. The next 8% hike was announced in 2015.
The BMC did not increase water charges in 2014, 2016 and 2017 as these years witnessed Lok Sabha, Vidhan Sabha and civic elections.