Water Authority has arrears worth Rs 1591 cr; mulls disconnection next month

By TJ Sreejith

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Kochi: Kerala Water Authority is reeling under crisis and arrears worth Rs 1591 crore from consumers have mounted considerably. The authority has to receive Rs 190.35 crore from domestic consumers while Rs 365.58 crore has been pending from the non domestic consumers.

The water authority has decided to cut water connection of the consumers who refuse to pay arrears in the next month with the permission of the state government.

In addition to this, several government departments have not paid water bills for years. Arrears worth Rs 228.95 crore has been pending under this category. The secretary of the Water Resource Department has forwarded the bills to the secretaries of all departments urging them to settle the payments soon.

The water authority reported that the arrears of the Department of Health and Medical Colleges constitute the major share of the arrears, which is Rs 127.52 crore.

The authority demanded the Local Self Government Department to pay Rs 955 crore for water distribution through public taps.

Departments/ InstitutionsArrears
Health department, Medical collegesRs 127.52 cr
Public works departmentRs 24.27 cr
MunicipalityRs 14.35 cr
General educationRs 13.31 cr
PanchayatsRs 12.21 cr
Forest departmentRs 10.59 cr
Revenue departmentRs 6.72 cr
Police headquartersRs 6.04 cr
Tourism departmentRs 3.78 cr
JudiciaryRs 1.62 cr

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