Mangaluru: If you haven’t paid your water bill for a long time, get ready to pay it the harder way. The city corporation has decided to crackdown on the defaulters.
The defaulters owe the corporation a whopping Rs. 7.77 crore in pending water bills. MCC has decided to cut down the water supply of the defaulters from December 7. According to Raju Mogaveera, Deputy Commissioner (Revenue), MCC, December 5, is the last day to pay the dues.
According to sources bulk consumers like industries, institutions, hospitals, hotels and apartments will be affected first. They include government departments as well.
Mogaveera said that half of the consumers have not paid their dues for eight months, even though they were issued with the bills. The corporation has 83,058 water connections. Out of which only 78,221 are live. It was found that the private contractor hired to issue the bills, had not issued the bills to about 20000 live connections.
The contractor denied the allegations stating that connections were not found in the field even though they were mentioned in the corporation’s records. The contractor was asked by the corporation to submit a report of the missing connections, so that an enquiry could be conducted.
Mogaveera said that 627 establishments in the city have pending dues above Rs. 10000. The dues owed by these establishments itself were about Rs. 3 crore.
According to sources, four factors were identified for the missing connections. The buildings or houses with connections might have been demolished, the connections might have been discontinued due to non-payment of bills, the property might have been sold to some other person and there could have been clerical error at the corporation.