Mangalore City Corporation council has refused to fall in line with the State government's recent directive asking civic bodies to increase water tariff.

The council of the corporation in its meeting on Wednesday declined to follow the State government's circular to this effect.

Cutting across party lines the councillors said the State Government could not take unilateral decision to this effect with regard to all city corporations without consulting the respective councils.

If the directive was implemented, there would be a steep rise in the tariff, they said.

Regarding the stand of the council on Wednesday, whip in the council Sudhir Shetty Kannur told The Hindu that there was no need to increase water tariff in the city. The source of water (Thumbe vented dam) to the city was not far away when compared to source of water to other cities such as Hubli-Dharwad and Belgaum. Mangalore had other sources of water for supply. Cost of maintaining water infrastructure differed from one city to another.

The Commissioner Harish Kumar said that works on filling up potholes on main roads in 60 wards would commence within a week.

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