After recovering Rs 61 crore of the pending water dues in the city, amounting to over Rs 1,128 crore, in two months, the BMC has decided to extend the Abhay Yojana scheme for two more months, till October 16. The scheme, which was relaunched in June, was to end by August 16.
“We have extended the scheme till October 16 after receiving several requests from citizens as well as political leaders. Most government agencies will have to make provisions in their budget for availing the benefits of this scheme, so we decided to give them adequate time,” said Ashok Tawadia, deputy hydraulic engineer (planning and control), BMC.
The BMC had recovered Rs 22 crores by the first week of July, of which Rs 10 crores was rebated. In the next month (from July to August 11) the BMC recovered Rs 39 crores, of which Rs 9 crores was rebated. Of the total amount of Rs 61 crores recovered in the two months, it has given a rebate of Rs 19 crores.
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The BMC had reinitiated the 2010 scheme for two months starting from June 16. Under the scheme, if any consumer has not cleared his outstanding water bills, they can pay the entire amount and get a rebate of two per cent additional charge per year levied as a penalty for the delayed payment. The scheme was initially launched in October 2012 for a period of three months, and then extended for a month.
Of the total outstanding bills, the BMC has to recover Rs 676 crore from private buildings, close to Rs 100 crore from the CR owned properties and about Rs 122 crore from the Western Railway owned-plots. The BMC had also listed the top 100 consumers on their website from each of the 24 wards in the city as per the amount to be paid by the respective consumer.