Shyamanur Shivashankarappa, Minister for Horticulture and Davangere district in-charge, said he would direct the Deputy Commissioner of Davangere and Commissioner of Davangere City Corporation to not collect the revised water tariff of Rs. 2,100 per year per domestic water connection and instead collect the previous water tariff of Rs. 660 per year per connection from the citizens. Talking to reporters here on Tuesday, Mr. Shivashankarappa said he had also written to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and the Urban Development Minister to retain the old water tariff. He said the previous BJP government without considering the huge burden on the middle class and the poor, had introduced the new tariff. He exuded confidence that the CM would soon take appropriate action.

Old tariff

He asked people to pay water tariff as per the old tariff and instructed the officials to not pressurise the people to pay the revised water tariff.

Earlier, the Minister had distributed compensation to those whose houses were damaged due to rain in Davangere city in the last two months. Over 120 houses were completely damaged and owners of such houses were given a compensation of Rs.15,000/- each while over 40 houses were partially damaged and owners of such houses were given an amount of Rs.3,200/- each. People whose houses were water logged and their belongings washed away were given an amount of Rs.1500/- each.