Pune industries may have to pay 38 pc more water charges after proposal by state govt
Rate for agricultural water supply is proposed to be increased by 20 per cent. A steep hike of 588 per cent has been proposed for the bottling industry.pune Updated: Jul 27, 2017 13:39 IST
Rate for agricultural water supply is proposed to be increased by 20 per cent. A steep hike of 588 per cent has been proposed for the bottling industry.
While the decision to hike water rates was taken last month, an advertisement was published in newspapers two days ago, seeking objections and suggestion from the citizens. The citizens can file their say about the proposal till July 31. Copy of the proposal will be available to all offices of the district collectors, tehsildars and irrigation department.
The hike in water rate will be applicable across Maharashtra. Only gram panchayat and municipal councils are excluded from the proposal. Municipal corporations in Maharashtra, which consume a major portion of water for domestic use, are likely to bear additional charges for water once the proposal gets sanctioned.
The government proposal, published on the website of irrigation department, says that water rate has not been revised since 2011 even after recommendation by Maharashtra Water Regulatory Authority. It says that water rates were not increased because of administrative reasons.
Explaining the reason for the hike, the irrigation department says that dearness allowance is increased by 54.35 per cent in the last six years, while water rates remain unchanged.
Justifying the hike, the irrigation department proposal says it intends to recover all expenses on establishments like operation, maintenance, new projects, expenses of salaries and legal expenses.
Irrigation department plans to spend Rs 911.44 crore on maintenance and operation of irrigation projects, while it is expected to recover Rs 951. 24 crore.
In another words, it intends to get additional revenue of around Rs 39.80 crore by the proposed hike.
Industrial water continues to be on top in terms of expenses (Rs. 537.75 crore) followed by domestic (Rs 200.52 crore). Agriculture stands last with proposed expense of Rs 173.17 crore for the year 2017-18.
Irrigation department has also taken into account, which is around 78 per cent. Water tax from industrial water continues to top followed by domestic water.
Irrigation department has prepared various categories for agriculture water. It includes water for different crops in different seasons, water from canal, dam, lift irrigation, river and other natural resources. Penalty has also been proposed if water is not being used.
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Citizens can obtain a copy of the proposal on the website www.wrd.maharashtra.gov.in
Citizens can send their suggestions and objections to eeusimp2.wrd@maharashtra,gov.in