WATER BULLETIN ON 21.12.2015
In view of huge power consumption for pumping water supply from far distances of 110KM from Krishna Project with 3 stages pumping and 186 KM from Godavari Project with 4 stage pumping, the monthly power bill of HMWSSB is in the range of Rs. 45 to Rs. 60 Crores.
Further on full commissioning of Godavari Drinking Water Scheme, the monthly power bill is likely to increase to Rs. 80 to Rs. 90 Crores per month.
In this regard, as ‘HMWSSB’ is supplying the water to the extent of 87% quantity to only domestic purpose ar Rs.10 per KL and for the ‘BPL’ families it is only charging at Rs.7/- per KL against the Rs.42/- per KL production cost, it has become unviable for cross subsidy from non-domestic customers to whom already the highest tariff at Rs. 240/- per KL is being levied.
Inview of the above after detailed study of power tariff being levied to water utilities, the HMWSSB requested the Govt to consider the separate power tariff to HMWSSB inline with BWSSB tariff where in Karnataka Govt has provided separate power tariff. Accordingly, detailed proposal was circulated and meeting was held with the Chief Secretary on 21.12.2015 on this subject where in Sp.Chief Secretary, MA&UD and Principal Secretary, Energy, MD/HMWSSB and CMD, TSSPDCL were present.
After detailed discussions, it was opined that the matter may be placed before the next ‘Electricity Regulatory Commission’ for their consideration. It was also opined that in order to create confidence to the ERC, certain budget provision may be provided to HMWSSB by re-appropriating the funds from MA&UD Dept as compensatory fund, so that indirectly the relief can be provided to HMWSSB for reductions in monthly power bill.
In this context, it was suggested that while giving such subsidy provision on power tariff to HMWSSB, it was directed to take up reforms process on ÚFW’ to bring it down each year by equivalent to such subsidised amount.
Also , MD/HMWSSB was instructed to explore the possibility of setting up Solar Power Plants at all feasible locations to reduce its power requirement from TSSPDCL.