Amritsar MC comes across 200 illegal water supply, sewerage connections
Already short of funds, the Amritsar municipal corporation has now come across incidents of illegal water supply and sewerage connections, which are preventing it from generating proper income through the water supply and sewerage department.punjab Updated: Oct 21, 2015 23:37 IST
Already short of funds, the Amritsar municipal corporation has now come across incidents of illegal water supply and sewerage connections, which are preventing it from generating proper income through the water supply and sewerage department.
In a review meeting held on Wednesday, the MC authorities found that the city has at least 200 illegal water supply and sewerage connections that are cutting into its financial resources. The civic body, however, is anticipating more such illegal in the city.
“These illegal connections did not develop overnight. These have been around for quite some time now, burgeoning right under the noses of the MC officials, who either paid scant regard or absolutely no attention to it while it were in initial stages,” said sources in the MC.
If regularised, these connections could enable the civic body to generate a sound income that has eluded it thus far.
Municipal commissioner Pradeep Sabharwal said the fact that these illegal connections existed in the city surfaced when the officials of the water supply and sewerage department went all over the city to make recoveries, as they had been assigned weekly targets.
Sabharwal said even as efforts were being made to ascertain when and how these illegal water supply and sewerage connections came into existence, the MC was in no mood to take this development lightly.
“The owners of these illegal connections have been given few days time to get it regularised. In case they fail to do so, cases would be registered against them,” Sabharwal said.
Talking about the revenue collection of the MC, he claimed that not only had the officials concerned of various revenue-earning departments succeeded in attaining their weekly targets, but had so far surpassed these targets. These officials, associated with the house tax, property tax and water supply and sewerage departments, had been warned of suspension if they failed to meet their weekly targets.
The six-day collection targets for the departments of water supply, house tax and property tax were `23 lakh, `40 lakh, and `43 lakh, respectively, which Sabharwal claimed has been achieved. “Fresh weekly targets have been assigned to them, which will be reviewed in the coming week,” he said.