Govt to probe issue of police withholding water bills

Govt to probe issue of police withholding water bills

Submitted by Editor on Tue, 2016-01-19 22:47 Home minister G Parameshwara said an inquiry would be held into the issue of the police department owing crores of rupees to the city water board. City police owes about Rs5 crore to the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB), which has disconnected water supply to scores of police colonies after its payments notices went unheeded. Responding to the issue, Parameshwara said he was aware of these developments. He said a sum of Rs250 towards water charges was being deducted from constables' salary every month, but the amount was not forwarded to the BWSSB, which led to accumulation of the dues. He said strict action would be taken against the ones responsible for the situation escalating so much that water supply had to be disconnected. Even as the game of 'whodunnit' is under way, it is the constables and their families that are suffering for no fault of theirs. Jyothi, wife of a constable, told BFirst that for the past three months, they have been fetching water from public taps half a kilometre away from their house. She said the other option they have is to buy water cans, which burn a hole in the pocket. A senior police officer blamed technical issues for the situation, noting that the issues affected not one or two but almost all the police colonies. To cite an example, he said there is only one water meter for an entire block. This means all the families staying in that block have to share the bill equally, even though it is not fair as some families might be consuming more water than others. He said the police department wanted to sort this situation out before finalising bill payment, and this is what led to delay in payment. Affected police colonies:>
Police quarters and City Armed Reserve quarters around Sirsi Lane on Mysore Road | Pending bill: Rs2 crore > Police quarters and offices around RMC Yard, Rajajinagar, Kavalbyrasandra, Nandhini Layout, and Subramanyanagar police stations | Pending bill: Rs1.5 crroe > Police quarters in Yeshwanthpur and office in Malleswaram, Srirampura | Pending bill: Rs65 lakh > Police quarters behind Ulsoor Metro station, 36 police families on RK Mutt Road (supply snapped three months ago) (Source: BWSSB accounts department)