PMC to curb overcharging by tanker owners in city

ST CORRESPONDENT
Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Pravin Gedam said, “We have submitted a proposal to the civic chief to standardise the drinking water rates for private tanker owners. We have also decided to publish all rates at PMC offices, tanker points and public places. Thus, people can come to know about the rates."

PUNE: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has taken cognisance of the overcharging for drinking water tankers and has decided to start a helpline to register water-related complaints. 

PMC Water Supply Department Superintendent Engineer Pravin Gedam said, “We have submitted a proposal to the civic chief to standardise the drinking water rates for private tanker owners. We have also decided to publish all rates at PMC offices, tanker points and public places. Thus, people can come to know about the rates. Later, we will set up a toll-free helpline to register complaints of overcharging by tanker owners for drinking water as well as of any misuse of water such as for construction or supplying water outside the PMC limits.”

He said, “After receiving the complaints, we will take strict action against water tanker suppliers. We will blacklist them. They will not get drinking water from any of the PMC tanker refilling points. This is only related to drinking water. We don’t have the right to take action on bore-well water and their overcharging.” 

PMC has an obligation to supply drinking water to the areas, where people face water problems. According to civic officials, they have a total of 15 tankers, which supply water to citizens on demand for free. There are 15 water tanker refilling points in the city. In all, 250 tankers refill water per day at these points. The PMC supplies water within its limits.

There are 450-500 private water tankers in the city, which supply drinking as well as bore-well water to societies. The civic body issues a pass to private tankers after charging Rs 522 per tanker trip of 10,000 litres of water. It has strictly instructed private water tanker owners to supply water within the PMC limits. On the other hand, bore-well owners charge Rs 150 to Rs 200 per trip of a tanker. The bore-well water supplier charges Rs 900 to Rs 1,000 per trip to societies. Bore-well water is used for other purposes. So, bore-well water rates are lower than PMC’s drinking water rates.  

In 2009, the PMC formulated the drinking water tanker rate policy for private tanker owners, which was reviewed in 2013. Now, the Water Supply Department has submitted the proposal with the revised  tanker rates. The PMC has standard rates for tankers based on their distance from the tanker refilling points. The rates are Rs 1,300 per tanker trip for zero to 12 km of distance. For 12 to 20 km, the rate is Rs 1,500 per trip per tanker and Rs 1,700 for 20 km and above.

WATER WOES 2019
- There are 450-500 private water tankers in the city, which supply drinking as well as bore-well water to societies. 
- The civic body issues a pass to private tankers after charging Rs 522 per tanker trip of 10,000 litres of water. It has strictly instructed private water tanker owners to supply water within the PMC limits.

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