Squads to check water theft-Bangalore-Cities-The Times of India
Cracking down on those who tamper with water meters, the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) has booked two builders for
filing false affidavits while applying for water and sewerage connections.
"The owners of a commercial complex on Bannerghatta Road have cheated us of Rs 6 crore. We will recover the dues from them,'' BWSSB minister Katta Subramanya Naidu told reporters here on Thursday.
He said the duo had declared the area of their building as 40,000 sqft, as against 1.4 lakh sqft, and underpaid the BWSSB at the time of getting connections. "To avoid such cheating and arrest further leakage, the BWSSB will set up a multiple vigilance team to inspect hotels and big buildings, among others,'' Naidu said.
The government will constitute squads to detect cheating by big builders while getting drinking water and sewerage connections. One is already in place.
The BWSSB estimates that it can mobilize Rs 100 crore by plugging pilferage, besides revenue gained by regularizing over 85,000 illegal tap connections.
Naidu also warned mineral water companies of action if they are found guilty of supplying contaminated water.