Several residents of Belgaum district have urged the State government to withdraw the water tariff hike.
Members of the Citizen’s Forum, led by president Anil Deshpande, submitted a memorandum to Deputy Commissioner N. Jayaram on Tuesday demanding rollback of the water tariff hike. They said people had been hard hit by the increase in prices of petrol, diesel and LPG, along with other essential commodities. They said the increase in water tariff was “nothing but extracting money from the pockets of hapless residents and adding their woes”.
The monthly water tariff fixed by Belgaum City Corporation (BCC) is Rs. 83 for a domestic connection and Rs. 360 for a commercial connection. With the increase in tariff, residents would have to shell out Rs. 173 and Rs. 700 a month for domestic and commercial connections respectively.
Despite the increase, there was no assurance from the State government, the BCC or the Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board on regular supply of drinking water, the members said.