The Water Board has decided to go after the defaulters in a big way. It has proposed to apply the Revenue Recovery Act to collect dues from big dodgers. To start with, the Act will be applied against those who owe more than Rs. 1 lakh. There are 1,300 such defaulters and their names would soon be posted on the HMWSSB website.
The Board has requisitioned the services of a retired tahsildar for this purpose. Movable assets of the defaulters might also be attached as there is a provision in the Act.
“So far, we have not used this Act. Now we plan to apply it to bring discipline among consumers,” said the Board’s managing director, J. Syamala Rao. Speaking to mediapersons here on Thursday, he said the outstanding arrears of the Board were close to Rs. 600 crore. Last month the Board managed to collect Rs. 51.15 crore from 3,74,843 consumers. This was the highest number of paid CANs in a month despite a series of holidays.
Going pro-active, the Board has planned to conduct a consumer contact programme on an experimental basis in Division X comprising the areas of L.B. Nagar, R.K. Puram, Alkapuri, Saroornagar, Dilsukhnagar and Amberpet.
The programme will be held once a week in a docket area (meter reader area) wherein people can ventilate their grievances regarding billing, lower pressure and other such matters. The Board has designated Vijay Kumar, deputy general manager, as the public grievance officer.
The Board proposed to install automatic meter readers for 1,318 non-domestic consumers who consumed one-third of the 340 mgd supplied. The JNNURM funds would be used for this purpose.
Mr. Rao said that after a review, the Board had decided to reduce the billing burden on 43,463 small portions in the city’s outskirts.
As a result, the Board revenue would dip from Rs. 92 lakh per month to Rs. 55 lakh.
He further clarified that only buildings with more than five portions with 6000 sq. ft built up area would be charged on 15 kl slab basis.
The Krishna phase III tender would be finalised soon. It was only on October 18 that the tender was opened and because of the holidays that it couldn’t be finalised. Mr. Rao expressed confidence that the project would be completed by December 2013 as stated by the Chief Minister.
The Godavari project was also progressing with pipeline laid for 100 km out of 186 km.
Land acquisition for 174 km was completed. Even the acquisition of forest land of 5.92 km in the districts of Karminagar, Medak and Ranga Reddy was nearly complete.
The critical work of master balancing reservoir at Ghanpur would be completed by December next.
Works of pumping stations, clear water reservoirs and erection of sub stations were in progress, Mr. Rao said.