Chandigarh

WATER WOES OF CHANDIGARH RESIDENTS ON WORLD WATER DAY

March 22, 2021 08:31 PM

 By R.K.GARG

While the World Water Day is being observed on the 22nd March the residents of Chandigarh are facing the steep hike of unrealist water tarrif . The main aim of World Water Day, besides educating the importance of water to the whole world, it mainly focuses on reducing the wastage of water.

Here lies the trap for the Chandigarh MC as the loss of water by leakage in supply is double the national average at 38%. As per national average there is usual loss of 15 to 20 due to leakage and internal water flow which is wasted before it reaches the real store.

During all this hue and cry of tarrifs, MC has almost succeeded in diverting attention of people from the real issue of losses because of leskage. MC started projecting that if at all the old rates are retained or even slight increase is agreed than there will be a loss of 37 Crores .

Residents are averse to the idea of three fold increase in water charges hence there was lot of protests from all quarters and ultimately political leaders had to bend their spine and agreed to revert some increase but still there was resistance ultimately a political decision was take n to revert to old water rates till COVID conditions are improved, the logic to revert to old rates till COVID is not very convincing. Again, the ball is in the court of administration.

There is the need for strict control to check this loss. The other point is regarding other human resource expenditure incurred on large continent of staff who have lessor technical persons morenon-technical persons who are not able to do any research and they are trained enough to control the leakage. As such there is need to review the salary expensesand maintenance expenses also. With better tasks force the line loses and internal leakage can be controlled ,If MC is able to save at least 3 to 5 % leakage in water annually than its Coffers will be filled and there will not be need toincrease water charges. There is need for long term plan rather than adhoc decisions’ is need to work out the break even point as for as expenditure and revenue is concerned which can be subsidized by administration.

Residents are averse to the idea of three fold increase in water charges hence there was lot of protests from all quarters and ultimately political leaders had to bend their spine and agreed to revert some increase but still there was resistance ultimately a political decision was take n to revert to old water rates till COVID conditions are improved, the logic to revert to old rates till COVID is not very convincing. Again, the ball is in the court of administration.

AS such there is no justification of hike in tarrif until the figures of heavy losses on account of leakage is not controlled and reduced to acceptable levels otherwise people will have to pay heavily and MC will pay even more heavily in the coming elections. Which are going to fought on Water this year.

 
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