Water reservation | Municipality will have to pay 75 lakh rupees, the government lifts the ban on water reservation
Akola. The government has lifted the ban on the reservation of water in the Van project and even though the reservation of 24 million cubic meters of water has been fixed, but for this the Municipality will have to pay a water bill of lakhs of rupees. Water bills have to be paid while lifting water from water projects for irrigation as well as water supply schemes. Water is supplied for irrigation through canals. That’s why its rates are fixed.
However, if water is drawn directly from the project while providing water to water supply schemes, the rate is different and if water is released into the river bed and water is lifted from the dam, a separate fee is charged. If water is taken for water supply scheme by leaving water in the river bed, then the water bill will have to be paid at an increased rate. Because a lot of water is wasted while releasing water for the scheme.
In the Wan project, 24 million cubic meters of water was reserved for the Akola water supply scheme. But after strong opposition from the farmers, the government postponed this reservation. The adjournment has not been lifted yet. However, without removing the postponement, the Municipal Corporation has prepared the detailed project report of the second phase of the AMRUT scheme. The government has lifted the ban on this reservation and if the water is reserved for the Municipality, then the Municipality will have to pay more than 75 lakhs in the water bill.
If 24 decil cubic meter of water is reserved for the Municipality, then only 16.46 million cubic meter of water will be left for irrigation from the Van project. About 150 hectares of land is irrigated out of one million cubic meters. Therefore, if 24 million cubic meters of water is reserved for non-irrigation, then it is likely that about 4 thousand hectares of land will be deprived of irrigation.
charge for lifting water from van project
The water for the scheme will be lifted from the Van project. Water of 3 lakh rupees is charged for one tenth cubic meter. If the Municipality reserves 24 million cubic meters of water, then it has to pay a water bill of Rs 72 lakh and the water bill for the first two months in advance. Therefore, the municipality will have to pay more than Rs 75 lakh in water tax.