BENGALURU: Effective from Wednesday, BWSSB has increased the pro-rata charges (one-time payment for new water and sanitary connections) and Greater Bangalore Water and Sanitation Project (GBWASP) charges.
Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board has also made it mandatory for Sewage Treatment Plants to be installed only in apartments with 20 flats rather than those with five flats as was contemplated earlier.
Briefing reporters after the release of an engineer’s diary at Cauvery Bhavan here on Wednesday, BWSSB Chairman T M Vijaya Bhaskar said the pro rata chargesa has been increased by 67 percent for individual houses while it has been doubled for multi-storeyed apartments and commercial establishments. “It has been notified in the official gazette today,” he said.
“The rate charged now, which was fixed in 2008, is `150 per square metre for individual houses, `200 for multi-storeyed apartments and `300 for commercial establishments. It has been increased to `250, `400 and `600 per square metre respectively,” he added. Houses with ground plus one floor need not pay any pro rata charges.
STPs for Apartments
Vijay Bhaskar said, “Apartments with 20 flats will have to mandatorily install a sewage treatment plant or Grey Water Treatment Plant with dual pipelines with immediate effect. This applies to both upcoming flats and existing buildings too.”
Penalty for non-installation of RWH structures will be effective from February 1, he said. The penalty would be 25 per cent of the monthly water bill. After three months, the amount will be hiked to 50 per cent, he added. In case of commercial establishments, the penalty is 50 per cent of the water bill for the first three months and 100 per cent thereafter.
Online booking for new water and sanitary connections (Sajala) through BWSSB’s website http://mybwssb.org and a new mobile app were launched by Bhaskar on the occasion.