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There will be a discount of 10 per cent if the units drew more water than the agreed quantum

  • Seven months ago, the public-private partnership company had slashed its tariff
  • The company supplies drinking water to three municipalities and villages at a subsidised rate

    TIRUPUR: The New Tirupur Area Development Corporation Limited, which supplies water to textile processing houses and water-starved local bodies here, on Thursday increased the tariff by Rs.12 per kilolitre for its industrial customers.

    The new rate will be Rs. 35 per 1,000 litres. There will be a discount of 10 per cent if the units drew more water than the agreed quantum.

    Seven months ago, the public-private partnership company had slashed its tariff to Rs. 23 a kilolitre from Rs. 45 on July 1, to increase the off-take. At that point of time, the off-take was less than 40 mld against the expected quantum of 90-100 mld.

    After halving the tariff in July, the off-take had increased substantially. For the last two months, the average off-take had touched 75 mld during week days. Because of the weekend closure, ordered by the Madras High Court to bring down the pollution load on Noyyal river, the average off-take had come down to 55 mld, sources said.

    Sources told The Hindu that the tariff had been fixed for industrial customers at Rs. 45 a kilolitre even before the scheme was implemented. Because of the low off-take, the company had offered a discount to the industry to use their water more, instead of using groundwater.

    They wanted the industry to recognise the quality water supplied by them. To induce the industry to use it more, the company had extended the 50 per cent discount.

    The sources added that there would be a discount of Rs.10 per kilolitre from the original rate of Rs. 45. And if the customer used more than the agreed quantity, he or she could avail of ten per cent additional incentive.

    The company supplies drinking water to Tirupur, Nallur and Velampalayam Municipalities and wayside villages at a subsidised rate. For the Rs.1,023 crore water supply and sanitation project, it drew water from the Cauvery river.

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