Akola. The government has lifted the ban on the water reserve in the Van project and although the reserve of 24 million cubic meters of water has been fixed, for this the Municipality will have to pay a water bill of Rs. 1 lakhs. Water bills must be paid while drawing water from irrigation water projects as well as water supply plans. Water is supplied for irrigation through canals. That is why their rates are fixed.
However, if the water is withdrawn directly from the project while providing water to the water supply systems, the fee is different, and if the water is released into the riverbed and extracted from the dam, a fee is charged for separate. If water is taken for the water supply scheme by leaving water in the riverbed, then the water bill will have to be paid at a higher rate. Because a lot of water is wasted while freeing up water for the scheme.
At the Van project, 24 million cubic meters of water were set aside for the Akola water supply scheme. But after strong opposition from farmers, the government postponed this reservation. The postponement has not yet been lifted. However, without lifting the postponement, the Municipal Corporation has prepared the detailed project report for the second phase of the AMRUT scheme. The government has lifted the ban on this reserve and if the water is reserved for the Municipality, then the Municipality will have to pay more than 75 lakhs on the water bill.
If 24 decile cubic meters of water are reserved for the Municipality, then only 16.46 million cubic meters of water from the Van project will remain for irrigation. About 150 hectares of land are irrigated from one million cubic meters. Therefore, if 24 million cubic meters of water are set aside for non-irrigation, then about 4,000 hectares of land are likely to be left without irrigation.
charge for lifting water from the van project
Water for the scheme will be drawn from the Van project. Water costs 3 lakh rupees for a tenth of a cubic meter. If the Municipality reserves 24 million cubic meters of water, then you have to pay a water bill of Rs 72 lakh and the first two months’ water bill in advance. Therefore, the municipality will have to pay more than Rs 75 lakh in water taxes.