Maharashtra government owes Rs 481.52 crore water bills to BMC
The BMC has an outstanding revenue of over Rs 2092.02 crore for about the last two decades
State government owes the civic body about Rs481.52 crore only in water bills that run over the years. Housing and Home departments owe BMC maximum amount of dues, not just this, even Chief Minister Bungalow's water bill of Rs 7.4 lakh is due of last year along with other 18 other ministers. While the Housing department that owes Rs290 crore, Home department owes Rs96 crore. The BMC has an outstanding revenue of over Rs 2092.02 crore for about the last two decades.
While the disparity in recovering the dues of water used is from the BMC’s end, as no action is taken against the government water meters but recovery is only focused on private residential and commercial structures. The civic officials, however, stated that as the amount to be recovered is higher from such private buildings, we focus on this, whereas the government agencies are intimated through various written correspondence.
A senior civic official, not willing to be named, said, “The outstanding amount is collated since 2001 when we started the computerisation of the bills and the amount also includes 2% of monthly additional charges for defaulting the bills. Even as we do not disconnect the supply of government agencies, we are continuously sending them reminders of the pending dues.” Ashok Tawadia, Hydraulic Engineer was not available for comment.
State government officials explaining about the pending amounts of official residences of CM and other Ministers however have clarified that there was some difference in the billing amount thus there was a delay, last payment was done in November and the remaining amount will be paid to the BMC at the earliest.
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