Free Water in Delhi Halts Rate Hike in Bangalore - The New Indian Express

Free Water in Delhi Halts Rate Hike in Bangalore

Published: 05th January 2014 10:07 AM

Last Updated: 05th January 2014 10:12 AM

The Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) has put its tariff revision on hold after the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) started giving 700 litres of water a day free to every household in Delhi.

The government had authorised the BWSSB to decide on water tariff revision, an official said. A  board meeting was convened at the end of December but the revision could not be effected due to differences among board members. “As AAP is offering 20,000 litres of water free to every household in Delhi, some members felt there would be backlash if the tariff was raised.”

BWSSB chairman M S Ravishankar said, “There were some differences among board members over the revision. We will meet again in the last week of January to discuss the revision and hope to take a decision. As we are supplying 6,000 litres of water at a highly subsidised rate to each household, we hope to bring about a consensus on the revision.”

Ravishankar said BWSSB is spending about Rs 80 crore a month but earning only Rs 50 crore. As the cost of various consumables including electricity has increased steeply since the water tariff was revised nine years ago, the tariff has to be revised to meet the cost of operations.

Though there are no politicians on the board, any decision taken by it should be approved by the minister concerned. The BWSSB is directly under the Chief Minister.

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