The Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation has received the State Government's approval for implementing the one-time settlement (OTS) scheme to collect long-pending water bill dues in the twin cities.

The HDMC will soon issue a public notification in this regard and the scheme will be implemented from March 1.

Pending water bills and fine levied on them in the form of interest run into crores of rupees. There are instances of consumers having not paid bills for nearly 20 years.

The issue of pending bills came to the fore after the HDMC handed over maintenance of water supply in the twin cities to the Hubli-Dharwad wing of the Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board (KUWSDB) nearly a decade ago.

According to HDMC Commissioner K.V. Trilokchandra, the principal with regard to pending bills is around Rs. 30 crore. Once collected, the amount could be utilised by the corporation for taking up development works.

Mr. Trilokchandra said that cases like consumers being asked to pay water bills even after disconnection of water supply would be dealt with on a case-by-case basis and resolved after verifying documents.