Wednesday, July 11, 2018

13 thousand users yet to pay Rs 22 crore pending water bills

Times of India: Nainital: Wednesday, July 11, 2018.
An RTI query by a Haldwani-based activist revealed that Jal Sansthan, an agency responsible for ensuring smooth water supply, has over Rs 22 crore pending bills with 13,598 consumers in Haldwani city.
The list of consumers also includes various government departments such as forest department, irrigation department and forest development corporation.
Jal Sansthan executive engineer Santosh Kumar Upadhyay told TOI, “We have constituted teams to collect the pending payments. Notices have been sent to almost all the defaulting consumers. If they fail to comply with the payment, we will cut their connections, including the government departments.”
Haldwani grapples with water shortage every year, especially during the summer months.
Activist Hemant Gauniya said, “If this is the situation in Haldwani, the condition of the entire state will be worse.”