In a major reprieve to the residents of the Kandi and other areas across the state, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Friday gave his nod to waive off the water charges levied on the tubewells of the Punjab Water Resources Management and Development Corporation (PWRM&DC).
He also approved the proposal mooted by the State Irrigation Department to even waive off the arrears worth Rs 6.50 crore on account of sale of water to be recovered from the consumers of these tubewells.
Badal said that Corporation collected the Rs 4 crore per annum as user charges from the consumers for the operational, repair and maintenance of these tubewells in the state.
Acceding to the long pending demand of the people hailing from Kandi area who were badly hit by the water scarcity, Badal took this decision and announced that in future, the State Government would bear the entire expenditure on this count and subsequently provide the funds to the corporation for the operation, repair and maintenance of the tubewells.
It may be recalled that PWRM&DC was levying Re. 1 per unit for Kandi area and Rs. 1.60 per unit electricity consumed for other areas from the consumers. The break-up of the Kandi and Non-Kandi areas user charges collection was about Rs. 3 crore and Re. 1 crore respectively.