It has come to notice that the BMC officials in collusion with builders are not recovering extra water and additional sewarage charges before issuing the CC (Commencement Certificate) for the buildings, which has resulted in loss of approx Rs 100 crores for the BMC. After a complaint was filed by Social Activist Anil Galgali, the officials to cover up their act has now recovered Rs 19.60 crores in the further ongoing projects to actions.
RTI Activist Anil Galgali, also Chairman of Athak Seva Sangh had vide his letter dt 06/09/2013 addressed to Shri Sitaram Kunte highlighted how the loopholes in the improvised water charges rules is resulting in losses to the BMC revenue. After Kunte ordered a enquiry in the issue, the things suddenly started changing. The Water supply dept and the Sewerage dept started scrurinizing the building proposals in the Water and Building Proposal dept and recovered Rs 19.60 crores. Water Supply and Sewage department's Chief Accounted H.M.Nikam inform Mr Galgali that they received Rs 19.60 crore from 250 connection in various ward's. The highest amount recovered in P North Ward was Rs 6,59,75,884. Then S Ward (3,89,01,167), H West Ward (2,34,43,019), E Ward (1,26,79,167), D Ward (1,15,64,521) has recovers amount above 1 crore.
BMC's Hydraulic dept had modified the rules for levying water charges and the same was implemented from 16/06/2012 onwards. In the improvised rules while considering new building proposals as per rule no 1.1 it was supposed to levy Rs 475 per sq mtr as charges for extra water supply for additional construction and As charges for additional and basement construction area. It was also proposed to recover 60 % as Sewerage charges. The said conditions were included in the IOD issued for the project. But the due diligence to ensure that the conditions of IOD were fulfilled at the time of issueing CC was never done at the behest of officials who are hand in glove with the builders for their mutual benefit.
Inspite of recovery of Rs 19.60 crores on the complaint of Anil Galgali, it is being observed the the losses due to nexus could be to the tune of Rs 100 crores, no actions are being initiated against the officials involved in the lapses. Anil Galgali in a letter addressed to Sitaram Kunte has demanded actions against the officials involved and also further increase the intensity of the scrutiny which will surely ensure recovery of revenue of almost Rs 100 cr.