Citing the reason of maintenance and repairing cost shooting up, the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) has decided to increase water charges with immediate effect.
With this, industries and residents depending on water supplied by the MIDC will have to bear the brunt of the hike in water charges from the current month itself.
Notably, the MIDC, which supplies water to industrial estates of Waluj, Chitegaon, Shendra, Chikalthana and residents in some parts of the city, has not increased water charges since 2007.
However, the district administration and MIDC some days ago decided to be more cautious in view of the depleting water level in Jayakwadi dam. Following this, the MIDC resorted to a 33 pc cut in water to industries from November 10, 2012 with the working of the Brahmagavhan pumping station being reduced to 64 hours from 96.
Recently, a meeting of the MIDC board of directors in Mumbai decided to increase water charges owing to a hike in the cost of maintenance and repairing of the pipeline network.
Earlier, the Mahavitaran had also hiked the power tariff by 23 to 63 per cent. Similarly, the cost of repairs and water purification had shot up, sources said while justifying the hike in water charges from March 1.
"We have already informed industries and residents concerned about the hike in water charges," executive engineer Rajendra Nawale said and added that water charge for Aurangabad and Chikalthana MIDC area for 1,000 litres was Rs 15.50, which has been increased to Rs 19 now, while the rate for 1,000 litres for Waluj and Shendra has been hiked from Rs 12.50 to Rs 16.
The monthly water consumption in Waluj industrial area alone is around 35 MLD, he said.