Around a month after initiating the Abhay Yojana scheme to recover pending water dues in the city, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has recovered Rs 22 crore of the total dues amounting to over Rs 1,128 crore, as per data revealed by the civic body.
Of the total outstanding bills, the civic body has to recover Rs 676 crore from private buildings, close to Rs 100 crore from the Central Railway owned properties and about Rs 122 crore from the Western Railway owned-plots.
As on July 7, the civic body has recovered only Rs 8.33 crore from private consumers, of which Rs 2.93 crore were exempted, while about Rs 13.53 crore have been recovered from government-owned plots, of which Rs 8.89 crore was exempted.
“Government agencies like the Railways work as per budget for the whole year. Therefore, it will take time to make provisions in their respective budget and avail the benefits of the scheme. ,” said Ramesh Bambale, chief engineer, hydraulic department.
The BMC had recently 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.
In order to quicken the process, the civic body will now list the top 100 consumers from each of the 24 wards in the city as per the amount to be paid by the respective consumer.
“We will make a list of the consumers starting tomorrow and intimate them again about the scheme. We have already advertised about the scheme through newspapers and will increase it so that people take the maximum benefits from it,” said and official. In 2010, the civic body had successfully recovered more than Rs 129 crores. Of the total amount of Rs 246 crore, close to Rs 117 crore was exempted.