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SCB seeks revision of water tariff slabs

SECUNDERABAD: The cashstrapped Secunderabad Cantonment Board (SCB) has recommended the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB) to revise water tariff so that it could save up to Rs 50 lakh per 30 days on water bills.

“We are going through a financial disaster and struggling to pay the per thirty days water bills to the Water Board. If the tariff is revised, we can save Rs 50 lakh per 30 days. This quantity can be used for making improvements to water provide network to tail-end areas and remote corners in Cantonment,” SCB water wing superintendent, S Raj Kumar instructed STOI.

The Water Board collects Rs 13.50 consistent with kilo litre from the SCB for supplying potable water beneath the majority class and supplies 65 lakh gallons of water an afternoon. The SCB can pay water bills of Rs 1.02 crore each and every month to the HMWS&SB.

“At provide, we're supplying water 3 days in per week to our shoppers. We spent Rs 10 crore for laying water pipelines connecting the reservoirs to the native space water network to make sure uninterrupted provide of Godavari and Krishna water,” Raj Kumar stated.

When contacted, HMWS&SB director (revenue) B Vijay Kumar Reddy instructed STOI that the SCB government had recommended them to revise the tariff from Rs 13.50 consistent with KL to Rs 7 consistent with KL. “We shouldn't have powers to revise the tariff. Any choice should be taken by way of the state government,” he stated.

Before the December assembly polls, a delegation of SCB ward contributors had known as on then municipal administration minister KT Rama Rao and recommended him for a revisal of tariff. “He had replied undoubtedly and asked HMWS&SB manging director M Dana Kishore to revise it as consistent with the principles. But, our plea is but to be fulfilled,” stated SCB vice-president J Ramakrishna.

Two weeks in the past, the delegation had met animal husbandry minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav, who promised to place forth the issue to CM Ok Chandrasekhar Rao. “Once our plea on water tariff revision is accepted, we can start providing potable water on trade days,” Ramakrishna added.

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