Mangaluru, Aug 13, 2020: The Mangaluru City Corporation council meeting held for the first time after Mayor Diwaker Pandeshwar took charge six months ago, has taken a significant decision to reduce water rates and also the solid waste cess collected alongside property tax.
Chief Whip Premanand Shetty gave details about the reduced rates.
Congress Corporator Praveenchandra Alva while welcoming the decision urged the MCC to waive the water bills of the public during the lockdown period.
Opposition leader Abdul Ravoof who spoke at the meeting alleged that the water was being supplied to the city without purifying it at the water processing plant since the past two and a half months. The Mayor assured to look into the issue.
The meeting approved the formation of ward committees as per the Karnataka Municipal Corporations Rules 2011 in the MCC limits.
Deputy Mayor Vedavathi, in-charge Commissioner Dinesh, MLAs Vedavyas Kamath, Bharath Shetty and others were present.
Reduced water rates : The MCC has now fixed the minimum monthly bill at Rs 60 followed by Rs 6 per every 1,000 litres upto 10,000 litres of usage, Rs 7 per litre for usage from 10,000 litres upto 15,000 litres, Rs 9 per litre for usage from 15,000 litres to 20,000 litres and 13 per litre for usage above 30,000 litres.
Similarly the solid waste cess for buildings upto 500 square feet has been reduced to Rs 30 from the earlier Rs 50. For buildings upto 1,000 square feet the cess has been reduced to Rs 60 from Rs 75, while for buildings between 1,001 square feet and 1,500 square feet the cess has been reduced from Rs 100 to Rs 80.