On October 7, the board of the Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (Auda) unanimously passed its ‘Water Distribution System Policy’. It will now charge domestic, commercial and institutional water connections according to consumption. This will affect residents of Bopal, Ghuma, Godhavi and Shela. Auda will charge a deposit for water meter installation and issue monthly water usage bills to its consumers.
According to the policy, Auda will supply 22,500 litres per household per month, without extra charge. Consumers, however, will have to pay the basic annual water fee that comes with the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) property tax bill.
If a household’s consumption is between 22,500 litres and 30,000 litres a month, the owner will pay a maximum of Rs 75, at the rate of Rs 10 per 1,000 additional litres. For monthly consumption between 30,001 litres and 40,000 litres, Auda will charge Rs 20 per 1,000 litres. Similarly, the charge will be Rs 50 per thousand litres for consumption exceeding 60,001 litres.
For commercial property, depending on type, Auda will charge between Rs 25 and Rs 40 per thousand litres of water consumed. A fee of Rs 15 will be charged per 1,000 litres from government or semi-government organisations.
Five years ago, Auda sanctioned Rs 77.53 crore for the 24×7 metered water supply project for the Bopal-Ghuma municipality, Shela and its adjoining areas, mostly in TP Schemes 1, 2 and 3. The project was inaugurated on July 27 this year. Auda has already identified an agency for the operation and maintenance of its water supply in Bopal and Ghuma municipalities.