Mangaluru, Nov 05 2019: D Vedavyas Kamath, Mangalore South MLA, on Novembr 4, Monday blamed the Congress for hiking water tariff in the Mangaluru City Corporation limits.
He addressed media at the BJP district office and said that, during the tenure of the Congress – JD(S) coalition government in the state, water tariff in the Corporation limits was hiked by then Corporation Administrative Officer Mohammed Nazeer. “The tariff was hiked on June 21, 2019, to be brought into effect from April 01, 2019,” said Kamath.
The MLA accused the Congress of deliberately postponing the water tariff hike so that the administrative officer could take the unpopular decision of hiking the tariff at the end of the council’s tenure. “Thus, the water bills were not issued to the consumers for over five months. Now, bills with the tariffs under the new rate – which is three to four times higher than the previous tariff – are proving a shock to the people,” he alleged.
“The limit of domestic usage of water was decreased from 24,000 litre to 8,000 litre a month. The Corporation has not made any effort to recover the pending water bills worth over many lakhs of rupees,” the MLA charged.
MLA Kamath also clarified that he did not pressure former MLA Mohiuddin Bava or mount pressure on the police to withdraw the case filed against former mayor Gulzar Banu and her son.
“They came to me requesting to get the issue solved by mediating between them and Bava. I spoke to Bava and said that they had agreed to apologise to Bava for their mistake at his place. I have done only a social action by conveying the message to Bava. As I did not know the complete details of the case, I had sought information about the incident from the police,” he explained.