Hyderabad: Irrespective of the quantity of water they get, residents of the Secunderabad Cantonment will have to pay Rs 315 per month towards water bills from the month of May, as against Rs 145 they are paying now.
The Board, comprising elected representatives of the people, has approved the more than 100 per cent hike and Board’s president Brigadier Sunil S. Bodhe signed it into law on March 5.
The Board has also decided to regularise voluntarily disclosed illegal water connections on payment of Rs 15,000. There are thousands of illegal connections in Cantonment limits.
The monthly water bill will now be Rs 275, plus the cess and Rs 40 service charge.
Apartments and buildings having up to 10 flats have to pay Rs 2,815 per month compared to Rs 1,250 they are paying now. For every additional flat thereafter, Rs 275 will be added. The tariff increase comes into effect from April 1, and will be reflected in bills received in May.
The distribution of water in the Cantonment is uneven. While a large number of households get less than 10 kilo litres (one KL is equal to 1,000 litres) of water per month, some get water daily while others get water once in four days and for just half an hour.
Citizens have protested against the hike. “The Board should first supply adequate water and then hike tariff,” said S. Rajeshwar, a resident of Gun Rock Colony.