Authorities told to collect lower tariffs from poor
‘Ensure piped water connection to every household’
Special grants sought for developmental needs
MANGALORE: Chairman of the Third Finance Commission A.G. Kodgi on Monday suggested to councillors and officials of Mangalore City Corporation not to fix water taps at public places. “It is to avoid their misuse and prevent wastage of water,” he added.
In an interaction with councillors and officials at the corporation’s office, Mr. Kodgi said that he had observed that taps fixed by urban local bodies at public places were misused at many places. It was because the taps were not metered. In many places, taps had been fixed close to houses of influential and affluent people. Such people drew water for their gardens and other purposes without paying user fee, he added.
“Public taps have no meters. Hence people draw water from them without any limit,” he said. Without quoting any specific instance in the city limits, Mr. Kodgi said that since the corporation was supplying water to houses through pipelines, there was no need to fix taps at public places.
“Fix meter to every house that has piped water connection. Ensure that poor people are not deprived of piped water and collect a lower tariff from them,” he said.
The State Finance Commission’s grants to city corporations was increased from Rs. 375 crore in 2004-05 to Rs. 419 crore in 2005-06. It was again increased from Rs. 429 crore in 2006-07 to Rs. 534.47 crore in 2007-08. “It rests with the corporation to make proper use of this grant,” he said. Chief whip in city corporation council M. Shankar Bhat and councillor Mariyamma Thomas requested Mr. Kodgi for special grants to the corporation to meet the needs of the growing city.
Mayor Ganesh Hosabettu, Deputy Mayor Shakila Kava and joint commissioner of the corporation S. Ajit Kumar Hegde were present.