Thiruvananthapuram: Water charges will go up in Kerala from Friday. The basic water charge is expected to be hiked by 5 per cent. With this, a domestic consumer will have to pay Rs 4.41 per 1000 litres. At present Rs. 4.20 is charged per 1000 litres.
Water tariff hike was announced amid the price hike of essential commodities including fuel and cooking gas. The Kerala Water Authority has announced that water tariffs will be hiked by 5 per cent in all slabs for domestic, non-domestic and commercial connections.
As per the revised charges, Rs 22.05 will be charged for up to 5000 litres of water. The water bill will reflect a 5 per cent hike for monthly use of water above 10,000 litres. It is observed that water charges will be hiked from Rs 5.51 to Rs 15.44 per 1000 litre.
Meanwhile, BPL families who are using up to 15,000 litres per year will continue to get free water supply.
Water charges for non-domestic consumers will be increased from Rs 15.75 to Rs 16.54 per 1000 litre. The revised rate for commercial connection is fixed at Rs 44.10 per 1000 litre.
The state government has decided to hike the water tariff to raise the borrowing limit fixed by the centre.