Tribune News Services
Chandigarh, August 16
The Punjab Cabinet led by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday approved One Time Settlement (OTS) scheme for regularisation of unauthorised connections and recovery of arrears on account of water supply and sewerage charges.
The move is expected to lead to regularisation of approximately 93000 connections, which would lead to increase in revenue of Urban Local Bodies (ULBs), a press release said.
According to a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office, under the domestic category, Rs.200 per connection (Rs.100 each for water supply and sewerage) would be charged as one-time fee for regularisation of water supply and sewerage connection for plot measuring up to 125 sq. yd, Rs.500 per connection (Rs.250 each for water supply and sewerage) would be charged for plot size between 125 to 250 sq. yd. and Rs. 1000 per connection (Rs.500 each for water supply and sewerage) for over 250 sq. yd. plot.
In the Commercial/Institutional category, Rs. 1000 per connection (Rs.500 each for water supply and sewerage) would be charged for plot measuring up to 250 sq. yd. and Rs.2000 per connection (Rs.1000 each for water supply and sewerage) for plot above 25 sq. yd.
No penalty would be charged if the said fee is deposited within three months from the date of notification. For users who do not get their connection regularised in this period, 100 per cent penalty would be charged on the above fee while regularising their connection, the spokesperson said.
Users who do not get their connection regularized within six months from the date of notification will face disconnection, and applicable penalty and interest would be charged on pending user charges.
After the deposit of the fee, no other charges, like road cutting, connection fees and security, will be chargeable. Upon the satisfaction of technical official of the Urban Local Bodies regarding quality of pipe, size of connection and alignment of water supply line (not below or adjoining sewer line), the connection will be regularised.
No interest and penalty on arrears of water supply and sewerage charges/tax/fees would be charged if the principal amount payable on the date of notification is paid within a period of three months from the date of issue of notification. Also, no penalty would be charged if the principal amount of arrears and interest payment is paid after 3 months but within 6 months from the date of issue of this notification.
The failure to deposit arrears within six months from the date of issue of this notification will attract both applicable interest and penalty in addition to disconnection by the Municipal Bodies. It is clarified that arrears mean only the principal amount of water supply and sewerage charges, the spokesperson said.
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