Following a steep hike in drinking water and sewerage bills imposed by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda), several Resident Welfare Association (RWA) presidents met local MLA Umesh Aggarwal for a rollback.
Huda has recently enhanced charges in these two segments by more than 250 per cent, which RWAs termed ‘exorbitant, unjustified and beyond jurisprudence’.
“The Haryana government has created a record across the country by increasing water and sewerage charges by more than two and half times, while neighbouring Delhi has reduced the charges by 50 per cent for domestic consumers,” said Dinesh Vashistha, RWA president of sectors 2, 5 and 6.
“As such, the excuse of increase in cost of electricity and other maintenance charges for revising the rates of water and sewerage charges are not tenable and unbearable,” Vashistha added.
As a result, the RWA presidents met the deputy commissioner in the past and the Gurugram MLA on Sunday seeking intervention. MLA Umesh Aggarwal has assured that he will take up the matter with CM Manohar Lal Khattar. Sources said that Khattar has hinted about reduction of charges in these two segments but the rates have not been finalised yet.
Huda is responsible for supplying 110 million gallon daily (MGD) water to the city through two treatment plants at Basai and Chandu Budhera. However, Gurugram, with a population of 25 lakh, needs more than 160 MGD.