‘Normal water supply in summer’

Levels in three reservoirs are comfortable, says Commissioner

March 17, 2018 01:14 am | Updated 01:14 am IST - VISAKHAPATNAM

GVMC Commissioner M. Hari Narayanan at a press conference on Friday.

GVMC Commissioner M. Hari Narayanan at a press conference on Friday.

Water levels in reservoirs that cater to the city are good and normal supply will be maintained during summer, says Municipal Commissioner M. Hari Narayanan. The normal supply of 65 MGD- 16 MGD for bulk users and 49 for domestic use- will be maintained.

The levels in Raiwada, Tatipudi and Mehgadrigedda reservoirs and the Godavari will last up to July to December. Arrangements for pumping from Yeleru from the third week of April are also being made as flow by gravity will cease by then, he told reporters here on Friday.

He said there was some problem in Madhurawada area last week owing to drying up of Gosthani. However, after a review by the Chief Secretary charging from Tatipudi was done.

Mr. Hari Narayanan said Mudasarlova and Gambhiram account for a mere 1 % of the total supply to the city and there was no need to worry because of their drying up.

Efforts would be made to bring down the time taken to deliver under the 'Dial-a-tanker' scheme of the corporation to provide relief to apartment-residents dependent upon groundwater, he said.

A ₹.3 crore summer action plan would be implemented to cover areas with low pressure in supply. It includes 113 tanker trips by pressing into service 22 more additional tankers..

Revenue realisation

So far ₹158 crore of the ₹193 crore property tax accounting for 81.9 % of the tax has been realised. Of the collectible demand, 80%, including 56% of arrears, was collected so far in the current financial year. However, water tax lagged behind with a mere 50 % accounting for ₹26 crore realisation.

Mr. Hari Narayanan appealed to citizens to pay the taxes in time as it would help the corporation take up various works, including underground drainage for uncovered areas and roads.

Water charges

The water charges of GVMC were still less than those of Vijayawada or Hyderabad, he said stating the maintenance of water supply could be met because of the bulk water charges being collected. Only where the arrears were huge, measures like disconnecting supply were resorted to, he said. Vacant Land Tax collection reached ₹17 crore, ₹7 crore more than that of last year.

On advertisement tax, he said a comprehensive policy was being worked out under smart city reforms.

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