COIMBATORE: The city corporation has decided to revise drinking water charges to extended areas of the city limits. At the routine corporation council meeting held on Monday, members approved collection of the new charges from residents of extended areas, without any opposition.
According to sources, the meeting held in the presence of Mayor P Rajkumar and Commissioner K Vijaykarthikeyan, decided to collect equal drinking water charges, service charge and deposit from residents of extended areas.
However, the new fare will come into effect only when the civic body starts providing water connection after completing its works related to laying of drinking water distribution pipe line and constructing an overhead water tanks in the extended areas.
However, the civic body came under fire from Opposition councillors for the two-fold revision of Under Ground Drainage (UGD) charges in the extended areas. As per revised rates, the corporation will supply water up to 15,000 litres at a minimum rate of Rs 100 per month.
The local body will charge Rs 6 per kilolitre for use between 15,001 to 20,000 litres, and Rs 8 per kilolitre between 20,001 to 1,50,000 litres. Moreover, Rs 10 will be charged from house owners for using more than 1,50,000 litres.
For domestic bulk connections (apartments, residential complexes), in addition to the monthly minimum of Rs 900, residents will have to pay Rs 5.25 for consumption up to 7,500 litres, and Rs 11 will be charged for use of over 1,50,000 litres.
According to sources, a deposit of Rs 5,000 and Rs 3,000 as service charge will be collected from house owners during time of provide drinking water connection.
Likewise, Rs 10,000 deposit amount and Rs 7,500 service charges will be applicable for bulk connections.
Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu water investment company has submitted a Detailed Project Report (DPR) to the corporation for laying drinking water distribution pipeline and constructing overhead water tanks at Rs 103.01 crore.