Mangaluru: MCC council reduces water tariff, SWM user fee | Mangaluru News – Times of India


MANGALURU: At the first meeting of the Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) council, held nine months after the election, a major decision was taken to reduce the drinking water tariff and the solid waste management user fee on Thursday.
The drinking water tariff was revised when the MCC was under the district administration’s control on June 15, 2019. Accordingly, in the first slab (from 0 litre to 8,000 litre), the tariff was Rs 7 per 1,000 litre.
In the second slab (from 8,000 to 15,000 litre), the tariff was Rs 9 per 1,000 litre. In the third slab (from 15,000 to 25,000 litre), the tariff was Rs 11 per 1,000 litre and Rs 13 per 1,000 litre for all consumers whose consumption crosses 25,000 litre per month.
The council meet held on Thursday revised water tariff based on complaints from the public. As per the revised tariff, the minimum charge will be Rs 60 for the consumption of 10,000 litre per month. In the second slab (from 10,000 to 15,000 litre), the tariff will be Rs 7 per 1,000 litre. In the third slab (from 15,000 to 25,000), the tariff will be Rs 9 per 1,000 litre. In the fourth slab (from 25,000 to 30,000 litre), the tariff will be Rs 11 per 1,000 litre and Rs 13 for all consumers whose consumption crosses 30,000 litre per month.
Mayor Divakar from the BJP said many people had raised objections to the water tariff revision made by the administration in 2019. “Hence, I have decided to revise the tariff so that it will not be a burden on people,” he added.
Opposition leader Abdul Rauf and other Congress leaders however opposed the revision, and demanded a roll back of tariff existing prior to June 15, 2019.
Praveenchandra Alva, corporator from the Congress, said the minimum charge for water consumption was Rs 65 for up to 24,000 litre per month in the tariff prior to June 15, 2019. Meanwhile, Rauf demanded the water bills of people in the city should be waived for three months from April, due to the Covid crisis.
The council meet resolved to reduce the user fee per month from each waste generator in the city for solid waste management, based on the built up area of their properties.
The fee for properties up to 500 sq ft built up area, which was Rs 50 per month, has been reduced to Rs 30.
The fee for properties from 501 sq ft to 1,000 sq ft has been reduced from Rs 75 to Rs 60. For properties from 1,001 sq ft to 1,500 sq ft, the fee has been reduced from Rs 100 to Rs 80.
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