BWSSB defers hike in water tariff

The Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) has decided to put off a proposal which would have hiked water tariffs in the city by 30% to 35%. The decision was taken after officials concurred that alternative revenue streams had to be expanded without burdening consumers.

The board has now asked its officials to rework the proposal after factoring in employees’ salaries and interest on procured loans, among other things. The decision was taken in a meeting on Wednesday chaired by Tushar Girinath and attended by urban development department additional chief secretary Mahendra Jain and officials from the finance department and other civic agencies. The board will gather to discuss the issue again on June 24.

The board had recently resolved to hike the water tariff once every three years, taking into consideration all the components of the cost of supplying water such as staff salaries, electricity charges, operation and maintenance charges, oil prices and consumables.

The last revision was made over four years ago, on October 20, 2014. The board has sought information pertaining to the formula adopted during the previous hike and it wants to compare the present formula it is said. A hike is inevitable according to some officials due to mounting expenditure.

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