Staff Reporter

Kerala Water Authority adalat on November 25

Eligible reductions will be made on penal interest

Schools to be included in one-time payment scheme

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: An adalat of the Kerala Water Authority (KWA) for the Thiruvananthapuram revenue district to be held here on November 25 will have the powers to write off excess water charges and the penal interest levied on non-functional water meters.

According to a release here on Tuesday, these powers were normally vested with the board of the KWA.

The adalat will have the authority to waive water charges in cases where the consumer has not received any water. All charges, including the minimum charges, will be waived in such cases. If the consumer pays the fee specified in the KWA regulations, such connections will be permanently disconnected.

However, when water is available in that area, the consumer would have to submit a fresh application for a connection. If, on the other hand, the consumer is willing to pay the minimum charges, such connections will be maintained.

Up to 50 per cent of the water charges of domestic connections where there are leaks will be written off at the adalat. Such cases would be settled after taking into account the consumption of water before and after the leak is detected.

In cases where there are flaws in calculating average consumption, the adalat will do a re-calculation at the rate of 5,000 litres per person. For this, the consumer will have to install a new water meter. The water charge arrears will be recalculated on the basis of two consecutive readings after the installation of the new meter.

In cases where a connection is shifted to the non-domestic category without sufficient reason, the adalat will cancel that action. Eligible reductions would be made at the adalat on the penal interest on non-domestic connections where the settlement is being made under the one-time payment scheme.

Government schools too can be included in the one-time payment scheme.

The adalat would be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Water Works compound, the release said.