The common home of Municipal Corporation, but once more, resolved a roll again of water tariff hike. It is after six months that once more this resolution has been taken as UT Administration had requested them to rethink their resolution. Now,resolution lies with UT Administration.
In the home assembly held Tuesday, it was resolved by the councillors that atleast till the time COVID interval is on, 2011 charges of water could also be in pressure (that’s pre-notification charges) and after pandemic is over, restructuring of two slabs be completed together with discount in sewerage cess.
The UT Administration had requested the final home Municipal Corporation to rethink the difficulty of full roll again of the hiked water tariff hike.
The resolution was taken amid hours of politics between BJp and Congress and slogan elevating in opposition to one another.
It was additionally acknowledged that after COVID interval is over, new charges be relevant however with discount in charges of two slabs that’s in slab of 31- 60 KL, the speed be diminished from Rs 12 per KL to Rs 9 per KL. In the slab of above 60 KL, the speed be diminished from Rs 24 per KL to Rs 16 per KL.
It was additionally resolved that sewerage cess be diminished from 30 per cent to five per cent.
The BJP councillors mentioned in the House that individuals have been struggling with excessive charges. At the identical time, the Congress questioned saying that it was the BJP itself which hiked the charges and “now they had been pretending to grasp the ache of individuals”.
The Congress councillors mentioned that it was an eyewash. They demanded full rollback of the three-fold hike in water tariff.
“It was in October final 12 months that they’d resolved for a rollback. Even because it has been six months that they resolved, UT Administration didn’t roll again or react till few days again and now requested to rethink whereas folks continued to pay hiked charges,” Leader of Opposition Devinder Singh Babla mentioned.
He added, “Even now they’re pretending as if they’ve diminished the tariff whereas UT Administration will once more take months to assume on this resolution. And till then, folks will proceed to shell out hefty quantities in the identify of water payments.”
There had been hours of politics with each the events elevating slogans in opposition to one another merely for picture ops.
Congress councillor Satish Kainth additionally sat on the ground attempting to exhibit his silent protest.
Before the dialogue on water tariff was to start, Chief Engineer Shailender briefed the House in regards to the rising expenditures on water and the necessity for water income.
He mentioned that revised water tariff was enforced on September 14, 2020, and at current the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation is incurring an expenditure of Rs 215 crore per 12 months on water provide and sewerage whereas in line with revised water tariff, MC is predicted to generate income of roughly Rs 147 crore.
It was mentioned that additional discount in revised water tariff as resolved in desk agenda throughout January 2020 is prone to scale back the anticipated income by Rs 11 crore and if outdated charges are made relevant till COVID interval is over then anticipated income might be much less by Rs 60 crore.
The Chief Engineer additionally talked about earlier than the General House that the Municipal Corporation is incurring Rs 215 crore on upkeep of water provide and sewage amenities to Chandigarh and 22 villages are additionally beneath the management of the Municipal Corporation.
Of the break-up of Rs 215 crore, it was mentioned that around Rs 36 crore are in totality incurred on salaries whereas Rs 56 crore are incurred on wages. Along with this, Rs 14 crore are incurred on workplace contingency whereas Rs 86 crore are spent on fee of electrical energy payments in respect of tubewells or Kajauli waterworks whereas Rs 35 crore are incurred on minor works.
The agenda additionally talked about that “it’s evident that there’s a appreciable hole of expenditure over income and any resolution concerning discount of water tariff may even create tendency of unjustified utilization of customers. It has been desired by the federal government that every one features of income loss have to be examined by Municipal Corporation for reconsidering its resolution”.
‘My son scored much less and it was due to you all’
On the difficulty of Congress protesting and marching to town BJP chief’s residence to oppose the water tariff hike, state BJP chief Arun Sood mentioned that the protest march may have been completed in a peaceable method.
“My father is unwell and there have been 20 policemen exterior my home. He stored asking after each couple of minutes as to why the police had been exterior the home. It was my son’s examination on Monday and regardless of being a topper, he received much less marks in Science, all due to you,” Sood advised Congress councillors.
At the identical time, Congress councillor Gurbax Rawat additionally took out her bangles to retaliate to Sood’s earlier remarks.
In response, the BJP councillors instantly received posters of assorted slogans in opposition to the Congress and the Congress launched black flags.
Cow price, amenities to mayor’s PA authorised
The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation authorised imposition of Cow Fee on beer cans. The General House additionally advisable that general 5 per cent hike be levied on all liquor bottles and cans as an alternative of Rs 5 or Rs 10.
BJP councillor and state BJP chief Arun Sood questioned why the MC can’t make it an general 5 per cent price as an alternative of various quantities like Rs 5 on a beer bottle and Rs 10 on whiskey, .
“We will suggest and ship this suggestion of the General House to the UT Administration,” Commissioner Ok Ok Yadav mentioned.
Congress councillor Devinder Singh Babla mentioned that any quantity of cow cess might be levied and even hiked however burden from common public in view of water tariff be taken off.
“You may even hike the cow cess on liquor in your income era as a result of it’ll impression one particular inhabitants however at the very least water tariff hike be rolled again as a result of it impacts each class of individuals,” Babla mentioned in the General House.
Then Commissioner Yadav clarified that cow cess can be utilized just for upkeep of gaushalas and maintenance of the cows and may’t be used in every other head. “Even if we hike the cow cess by decreasing the water tariff hike, we will’t use the funds collected from it for paying salaries or payments beneath different heads,” Commissioner Yadav mentioned.
“It has been observed that whereas levying the cow price on beer, the price to be collected from sale of beer can has not been included whereas it covers main sale and required to be integrated in the notification by modification. Beer can at Rs 5 per can that’s similar as cow price levied on beer bottle please,” the agenda which is to be positioned earlier than the final home acknowledged.
The UT Administration talked about that cow price was final 12 months levied on numerous gadgets, together with nation liquor/whisky/beer which is to be bought in MC limits of Chandigarh. It is Rs 5 per bottle beer and Rs 10 per whiskey bottle.
FACILITY TO MAYOR’s PA Approved
The UT MC General House authorised amenities to Mayor’s PA beneath “Category A amenities”. Under class A, Arora might be entitled to reimbursement of payments for buy of cell phone for Rs 40,000, whereas in class B, it’s 15,000.
Meanwhile, the MC General House additionally authorised bifurcation of institutional and industrial buildings.