Mangaluru, Dec 23, 2016: MCC, Mangaluru City Corporation has for the present not made a move to hike water tariff. After giving its consent to a 15 per cent hike in property tax effective April 1, 2017, the council of the civic body at its special meeting on Dec 22, Thursday decided to revise the agenda pertaining to the hike in water tariff and make it more inclusive taking into needs the rights of economically weaker sections of society which MCC is serving through its Jalabhagya scheme.
As per the agenda presented by M Shashidhar Hegde, former Mayor and chief whip of the ruling Congress in the council, the minimum tariff for domestic consumers for the first 24,000 litres will go up to Rs 100 from the present Rs 66. The government has fixed Rs 218 as minimum fare for this category and for the volume mentioned. For non-domestic connections (small shops, eateries with piped connection) the new rate will be Rs 313 for 18,000 litres (Rs 304 earlier).
In case of commercial/industrial units, the rates will now be Rs 700 for 18000 litres against Rs 608. For under construction buildings, MCC will charge monthly average minimum of Rs 1000 for buildings up to 2,500 sq.ft, Rs 1250 for buildings above 2,500 sq.ft and Rs 1500 for commercial buildings. For bulk supply, the rates will be Rs 6/litre as against Rs 5 now, and for major industries, water will come at Rs 60/litre as against Rs 52/litre that MCC is charging now.
Bone of contention between ruling Congress and opposition BJP was the rate to be fixed for jala bhagya beneficiaries. While BJP contended that the present rate of Rs 100 is steep, given that they are paying Rs 60 now, the Mayor Harinath M, who chaired the meeting said the city corporation has to mop up resources given that the civic body has to bear burden of an additional Rs 20 crore per annum to pay minimum wages of its valve men as directed by the government.