Lucknow: After the hike in the electricity tariff last week, there’s another blow to the people of Uttar Pradesh as their water bill is all set to rise. This decision has been taken by the state government in order to fetch funds from the central government for the proposed development projects in the state.  The cost of water supply will now be collected from the residents to make the water supplying bodies economically self reliant under the banner of ‘Urban Reforms’. Consequently, two-fold hike has been proposed in the water tariff in the state capital.

In fact, the Centre sponsored scheme ‘Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) aims at making water supplying bodies’ economically self reliant. As the state government has not yet succeeded in the executions of various projects for the urban reforms, the Central Government has stopped funding various development projects worth Rs 252 crores in the state. The Central Government has sent a team to review the centre sponsored projects in the state.

The central team said that the water supplying bodies’ of Lucknow are able to collect only 71 percent of the total cost incurred on supplying water. At present, the total income from water supply is Rs 2.72 per kilolitre whereas the cost incurred on this is Rs 6.36 per kilolitre.

Kanpur and Allahabad are able to recover only 81.60 percent and 72.10 percent respectively of the total cost incurred on supplying water.  The water supplying bodies’ of these two districts will have to hike the water tariff by two to three folds in order to level their cost and income.
 
The state officials will brief the central team about the reforms in the municipal corporations of Varanasi, Agra and Meerut on Thursday. The team will submit its report to Central Government than after.
 
The Central Government will sanction the proposed money only if they are satisfied by the progress reports of various the development reforms.

(JPN/Bureau)

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