Now, pay for tap water, sewage facility
The state government has asked the Punjab water supply and sewerage board to charge residents for water connections and sewage facilities it provides to them.punjab Updated: Apr 30, 2015 22:17 IST
The state government has asked the Punjab water supply and sewerage board to charge residents for water connections and sewage facilities it provides to them.
In a notification, the government has asked the board to collect Rs 200 as service tax and user charges for the facilities from people whose homes are built on land measuring up to 125 square yards.
The Hindustan Times has learnt that houses built on an area measuring between 125 to 250 square yards will be charged Rs 500 (Rs 250 each for water and sewage facility), while commercial connections would cost Rs 1,000 (Rs 500 for each facility).
The government has decided to tighten its noose around unauthorised or illegal water connections to houses, with the authorities saying they will soon issue advertisements to ask people to register their water connections with a nominal fee until May 31.
The government notification further states that people will have to register their connections themselves and that after the deadline ends, it would conduct a survey of all houses in the city.
It adds that if anyone will be found to have failed to do so in designated time, a penalty of three years service tax amount, user charges, connection fee and road cutting charges would be imposed on them, besides punitive action.
Manveer Singh, a local resident, when asked to comment on the decision said the charges reflected the government's betrayal.
"Earlier they would promise you ample of facilities to fetch votes and then with the same speed start taking back the facilities…when the next voting season comes, they would repeat the whole process again," he added.