Bengaluru: Here is good news for owners of buildings who are worried about paying additional levy towards water connections to their buildings that have no occupancy certificates (OCs) .
The Bengaluru Water Supply and Sewage Board (BWSSB) has said that only residential establishments with more than five kitchens, irrespective of the number of floors and commercial establishments larger than 300sqm in size, will have to pay the additional levy if they can’t produce OCs.
BWSSB chairman Tushar Girinath made this statement at the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) council on Tuesday after corporators accused the civic agency of exceeding its mandate by demanding OCs from all multi-storey buildings, except those with ground plus two floors, while thousands of buildings haven’t been provided with the document despite violating building plans.
BBMP commissioner N Manjunath Prasad said: “These buildings must compulsorily possess an OC to ensure that the structures have been constructed as per the building plan submitted to us for approval. This reduces the number of illegally built buildings.”
Girinath said they will amend the notification issued earlier and demand OCs only from those who are supposed to have them. The BWSSB chairman was at the receiving end of several complaints by corporators cutting across party lines, demanding resolution of several issues, in particular the rule mandating sewage treatment plants (STP) for apartment complexes with more than 50 units built before February 2016, and 20 units for those constructed after that.
Unable to reach a consensus and with the matter also being subjudice, the mayor proposed a possible all-party meeting with the minister. He also said such policy matters should be taken up in the assembly.
Answering corporators’ questions about TG Halli reservoir supplying water to the city again, Girinath said the dam was set to receive water from Yettinahole and was being prepared for that. “We had stopped supplying water from the reservoir to the city from 2012. We are in the process of preparing a detailed project report as TG Halli has to be ready to receive water by 2021. The tenders will be called next year,” he said.
Girinath has also said the BWSSB will pay property tax towards its offices and water tanks across the city, which has been pending for nearly seven years.