The water tariff for commercial semi-bulk supply and industrial use is likely to go up. The tariff for both the categories is proposed to be revised as the corporation is incurring 15 per cent more cost on the supply in view of the increase in power tariff and manning expenses.
With GVMC proposing to take up a 24X7 water supply project under JNNURM, CPI(M) and CPI have expressed the apprehension that tariff will go up as meters will be fixed.
Municipal Commissioner M. V. Satyanarayana has said there is no move to increase the tariff for the BPL population from the existing Rs.60 a month and for middle and upper middle class that mostly come under the Rs.120 a month category.
The tariff was revised in 2011 but in view of the cost (of supply) going up, the need to increase it has become somewhat imperative, Mr. Satyanarayana told reporters on Monday.
However, it needs to be done after obtaining a council resolution (in the absence of an elected council that of the Special Officer) and for industrial supply after the Visakhapatnam Industrial Water Supply Company (VISWCO) approves it.
Presently, raw water and treated water are supplied at Rs.26 and Rs.36 a KL.