By CJ TR Madhavan
TRS Party's promise of drinking water connection to each household remains mere slogan says the voters. Residents of an eighteen years old lower and middle income group housing complex say related drinking water connection issue before bifurcation of state previous TDP, Congress or after bifurcation TRS government are more interested in extracting money as charges and levies for drinking water connection from flat owners rather than providing the connection at affordable rates. The 9 blocks residential complex welfare association placed the facts related Drinking Water Connection - which are as follows - They had asked to clarify the Hyderabad Metro Water Board; The Water Supply Connection Charges levy ₹ 11.58 lakhs is it refundable deposit or non refundable? The Water Supply Connection Charges levy, Is it for any new infrastructure exclusively to be provided in our complex? If it not for new exclusive infrastructure, non refundable and non adjustable in the monthly bills, why it is being collected in advance? Our complex already has sewerage main lines and the works was executed recently by the GHMC Rajendranagar circle from the funds allocated by elected representatives of the constituency. The cost incurred for the infrastructure do we have to refund back the Sewerage Connection Charges of ₹ 28.60 lakhs, to the Government/elected representatives constituency development fund through the Board? Charges for Augmenting Source ₹ 71.50 lakhs and Water Supply Improvement Charges ₹ 8.50 lakhs, Is the Board going to provide exclusive main lines to maintain sufficient pressure and quantity promised per day from Rajendranagar filter bed to complex? As the board is charging RWHS consultancy services charges of ₹ 7.15 lakhs, is the board going to undertake the RWHS works around all existing borewells in our complex? In what way our complex will be benefitted by paying Green Brigade Charges of ₹ 1 lakh? To the reasons known to the GHMC Rajendranagar circle, the Occupancy Certificate has not been issued to our complex. As per point 9 of the Note provided do we have to pay 3 times more than the prescribed tariff for no fault of us? It is being a domestic supply why the charges are more than the normal tariff applicable to MSBs? The reply received to their email representation dt: 30/1/2018 to MD Water Board office were as follows; Gentlemen, It is to inform you that the amount is calculated as per the field report of the concern O&M Div No.XVI for the SWC File No.2017-5-516 and as per HMWSSB norms for the BULK Connection . General Manager (E) SWC, HMWSSB KHAIRATABAD - 7/2/2018 The office bearers of the welfare associations raised questions; When budget amount are pumped from MP and MLA etc development funds and water will be supplied from the existing shortage point and lines, levies etc aren't they docaraian one? One hand elected representative gives funds in the name of development and through other hand snatch away the same, is it fair? When water supply is done for same main line, timing and one connection up to sump point whether adjacent individual house or multi storied building, why there is discrimination charges and levies between individual house or multi storied one? They asked the politicians - as the rules have been formed by the government before state bifurcation, Do they agree that, a rethinking is must in the levies and charges for multi storied building revision be brought in to make water connection affordable? As the Telangana assembly is dissolved and election will be held shortly, the residents of the eighteen old complex didn't expect still hope the new government will review and revise the drinking water connection charges and make an affordable rates to all residential complexes under Hyderabad Metro Water Board limits.