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  1. As reported by Prafulla Marpakwar at timesofindia.indiatimes.com on May 8, 2011 MUMBAI: Aurangabad information commissioner D B Deshpande has summoned the secretary of the water services department, after it was confirmed that his subordinates were deliberately avoiding providing information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. "It appears that there was dereliction of duty on part of the field officers in providing information. The commission has imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 on each officer. Further, the secretary of the department has been summoned before the commission to depose as a witness on May 24," a senior commission official told TOI on Saturday. Nine farmers had filed separate applications under the RTI Act for information about the minor irrigation projects in Jalna district. The applicants appealed for information from the executive engineer and the public information officer (Public Information Officer) for well over two years without any response from them. Subsequently, after a second appeal was filed by the applicants, D B Deshpande had summoned the public information officer before him to explain the delay in providing routine information on the status of irrigation projects. "The Public Information Officer failed to justify the abnormal delay and non-disclosure of information. Now the commission has issued show-cause notices to the executive engineer and the Public Information Officer, asking them why Rs 25,000 should not be recovered from them as penalty in each case. Since the fine has been imposed separately, they will have to pay Rs 2.25 lakh," the official added. More shocking was the fact that even after being fined, neither the executive engineer nor the Public Information Officer has provided information to the applicants. "The commission has invoked the provisions of the RTI Act to summon the head of the department as a witness. We expect that after the proceedings before the state commission are over, the secretary will initiate disciplinary proceedings against the executive engineer and the public information officer for failure to implement the orders of the commission," he said. It is for the first time in the recent past that the commission has summoned a high-ranking official from the Mantralaya as a witness in an RTI plea-related complaint.
  2. I have paid my yearly water taxes. I have paid my yearly property taxes. But the panchayat does not release water to me on a regular basis. I have to use my borewell to get water 90% of the time. Everywhere else they are releasing water 3 or 4 times a week. 1. Can I file an RTI on the panchayat asking them to identify the days they release water to people and the frequency. Also can I ask if they release it to some people or all lines. I am not afraid of the threats, I can deal with these people but i want justice. I paid for the water. 2. Where do you file RTI for panchayats(Tamilnadu) Jai Hind
  3. ashit

    water shortage

    I stay in bandra (W) and our society has told us that there is a 25 to 30% water cut in the BMC water supply. We have never faced this sort of problem in the past 6 years since we have shofted here. Moreover there is no such apparent problem with any other buildings in our lane. I would like to know that actual fact of the matter Regards Ashit:(
  4. i thought this forum would be the best place to ask this question. I was just wondering why there's such an acute water shortage whereI live, Malad Mumbai, in spite of it raining so much. There's just an hour of water in the morning and another hour in the evening. How do i go about finding the answer to this question? and if someone else has already endeavoured to do so, how and where do i see the answers they received?
  5. As reported by Priyanka Sharma at dnaindia.com on July 7, 2010 The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) does not believe in doing as it preaches. Even though the civic body has launched a drive to install digital water meters across the city for equitable distribution and conservation of water, many of its own offices, including the headquarters, are yet to install even the conventional analog meters, an RTI query has revealed. In a reply to RTI activist Aziz Amreliwala’s query, the civic body has admitted that water connections in eight of its 24 administrative ward offices are not metered. Amreliwala had sought details on water consumption and billing at various municipal offices. In the case of an unmetered connection, the precise quantity of water consumption cannot be calculated and bills are charged not on the basis of actual consumption, but on average usage, which can lead to instances of water theft. The RTI reply reveals that even the civic headquarters, which houses the offices of the hydraulic chief and senior water department officials, is yet to install a water meter. Another irony is that while the hydraulic department advocates use of alternative water sources — including drawing water from bore wells, tube wells and rain water harvesting — to reduce dependence on drinking water supply, none of its ward offices have taken these initiatives. In fact, civic officials admitted that some of the ward offices, including the headquarters, are dependent on tanker water for non-potable needs. Amreliwala has questioned the seriousness of the civic body in undertaking water conservation drives. “They must implement the initiatives in their own offices first,” he said. At a time when the civic body has chalked out a Rs765-crore policy to replace all the water meters with electronic ones to keep a tab on water consumption trends of the city, this revelation has blotted BMC’s efforts to curb water thefts in the city and tabulate water consumption. The civic body claims to have installed 6,000 meters, while another 86,000 analog ones will be replaced in the coming months.
  6. we were using my water in owr 4 floors. but after devided our property into three brothers, i had got 2nd and 3rd floors. in 1st floor running a tuition center by my brother. according to will written by my mother i am using this water connection on 2nd and 3rd floors. In these floors i am not using this water to any commercial activity. I want to convert this meter to residencial but they are not responding me. i have write letter even reminder letter also but there is no response. i got a information that they want money for converting this meter, but i don't want to give money for this. What should i do. 1) Give money to inspecter mr. chopra (Shiv puri) delhi jal borad. 2) any other obtion like RTI but i don't know the process that where and how to write the RTI. Please help Sunil Kumar Kakkar (Posting of mob no./mail ids is against forum rules-hence deleted)
  7. santhuelcoteq

    water taps

    hi, Im Santosh Salian residing aat Chembur (W). I want to know that, if i buy a room in chawl which is attached with BMC water tap (billing) bought already by owner of that room, is that mean i will become a owner of that water tap after purchasing that room immediately? Is there any Rule under any Act which tells that buying a room in chawl leads to directly owning a water tap which is already attached with room or owned by old owner of that room?
  8. Atul Patankar

    Laxity costs PCMC Rs 5 cr

    As reported by Tanaji Khot at punemirror.in on 01 Mar 2010 Adelay in the execution of the plan to construct a water treatment plant has cost the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation dear. The cost of the project has risen to Rs 21 crore from Rs 17 cr. Apart from this, the PCMC has not claimed Rs 1 crore of exempted excise duty. Although, this happened around 2006, the facts came to light after the study of the audit report of the civic body. The audit report was issued after an RTI application was filed by activist Vihar Durve. The report of PCMC’s audit carried by the office of the Principal Accountant General of Maharashtra found many irregularities in the PCMC account. The reports stated that as per Government of India’s Ministry of Finance, central excise duty exemption is extended to all items of machinery, instrument, appliance, auxiliaries, equipment and components utilised in setting up of a water treatment plant. The ministry has further clarified that central excise duty is exempted on pipes required for related work. The report stated, “The PCMC awarded a contract for 100 MLD water supply scheme phase III at an estimated cost of Rs 17 crore. The stipulated time of completion is 24 months. Scrutiny of records revealed that the contractor failed to execute and the corporation terminated the contract. Finally, the contract of this work was awarded to five different contractors. Due to the delay in execution, the cost of the project rose to Rs 21 crore which includes excisable machinery worth Rs 6 crores. Further scrutiny of the report revealed that the clause of excise duty was included in the agreement of the first contractor. However, the PCMC did not seek this either. Source: Laxity costs PCMC Rs 5 cr, News - City - Pune Mirror,Pune Mirror
  9. Atul Patankar

    Artificial floods scare for residents

    As reported at telegraphindia.com on February 22, 2010 Rs 25 lakh has gone down the drain, quite literally. This was the amount allocated for cleaning the 22-km-long Dibrugarh town protection drain, built in 1956 but which continues to shoulder the responsibility of draining out excessive storm water from this flood-prone town. In another three months the rainy season will arrive and artificial floods are set to choke Dibrugarh once agin. Waterlogging has become a recurrent feature for residents of this Upper Assam town for the past few years because people responsible for solving this problem have done precious little to solve the problem. The drain, originating in Maijan and running up to Jamira criss-crossing the town, can no longer deliver because of age, encroachment and alleged misuse of funds sanctioned for its upkeep. The Policy Group for People’s Rights, a Dibrugarh-based rights group, which has conducted a field-based study and collected several documents regarding the drain through RTI applications, has highlighted how the drain has lost its carrying capacity. The group says Rs 25 lakh, sanctioned for cleaning the drain after artificial floods lashed the town last year, had not only been misused but also been siphoned off by some corrupt officials of the water resources department, in cahoots with contractors. The president of the group, Aradhana Kataki, who herself is a victim of artificial floods, said it was really unfortunate that the administration had failed to take any action against erring officials and contractors who had eaten up huge portion of public money in the name of cleaning. “In reply to our RTI applications, the water resources department had replied that the 380 workers who were engaged in the cleaning job were each paid a daily wage of Rs 110. However, this is far from the truth. During our study we have never found more than 20 people working and they were also not paid Rs 110 as daily wage,” Kataki said. “We suspect that the entire amount was siphoned off by some corrupt government officials with assistance from contractors. This is really surprising, and we urge the people of this town, organisations and forums to join hands and raise a united voice to protest this injustice and corruption,” she added. The group has also demanded a thorough investigation and submitted the findings of the study with pictorial and video clips to the Dibrugarh deputy commissioner G.D. Tripathi. Source: The Telegraph - Calcutta (Kolkata) | Northeast | Artificial floods scare for residents
  10. As reported by Shashank Shekhar at indianexpress.com on Feb 16, 2010 Mumbai : In the wake of the ongoing water crisis, the Hydraulic Engineering Department of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has suspended no-objection certificates (NOC) for water supply to buildings meant to rehabilitate slumdwellers around the airport. This was revealed in a reply to a RTI application filed by BJP leader Parag Alavani. Alavani had filed the application to enquire the water requirements of the area after over 15,000 families from around the airport shift in Kurla’s ‘L’ ward as a part of airport rehabilitation scheme. “The NOC for water supply into the Slum Rehabilitation Authority buildings has been suspended for the time being because of the water shortage,” said Assistant Engineer (L ward), Arjit War. According to War, the suspension of the NOC can only be revoked as and when the water situation improves in the area. The first phase of the slum rehabilitation scheme is being undertaken by Housing Development Infrastructure Limited (HDIL) to rehouse those living on airport land. Over 80,000 families have been living in slums and encroached upon 276 acres of airport’s land. According to the RTI reply, Kurla’s ‘L’ ward has a total of 22,596 domestic connections, 2,118 commercial and 426 industrial connections. While the total water requirement of the area is 300 million litres per day (MLD), the actual supply here is between 150 and 200 MLD leading to acute water shortage for the L ward residents. According to the reply, there would be an additional requirement of 38,23,365 litres water per day in the area after the residents shift. “Only if monsoons are good this year will the situation improve. Without the NOC, new occupants may not be able to shift here. So the shifting also could be delayed till after the monsoons,” Alavani added. “Kurla is in a very bad shape and there is acute water shortage. If new connections are given, it will further aggravate the crisis,” said BJP corporator Sitaram Tiwary from L ward. According to Tiwary, when additional 8,000 families were rehabilitated to Sangharsh Nagar in Chandivali (which is located between Saki Naka and Powai) three years ago, the BMC had not increased the water supply of that area. Source: Slum rehabilitation: no water for Kurla L ward
  11. As reported by Amrita U Kadam, at hindustantimes.com on 12 January 2010 Even as the state deals with a water crisis, a Right To Information query has revealed that over the last 10 years water projects worth Rs 40,050 crore are incomplete. The details provided by the state water department to RTI activist Chetan Kothari said there are about 75 minor projects, 181 medium and 1,125 major projects pending at various stages of work in the 11th five year plan (2007-2012). Blaming it all on the scanty rainfall, the government was on the verge of declaring drought in some parts of the state in 2009. Also, the city is dealing with severe water crisis for the first time ever. “The RTI revelation is shocking in the time when we are dealing with water crisis. The project cost escalates with time leaving taxpayers to pay for the same,” said Kothari. He also said the irrigation water was not only necessary for farmers to grow crops but also for the commoner so that he does not end up paying high prices for the ration. The list of incomplete projects includes over 1,200 major and minor projects relating to irrigation and dams. “The project work started without prioritising them. There is a need to prioritise the projects to take them ahead,” said Water Resources Minister Ramraje Naik-Nimbalkar. Source: Water projects, dams worth Rs 40,050 cr pending in state- Hindustan Times
  12. Atul Patankar

    Outstanding bill is Rs 741 crore

    As reported at expressindia.com on Dec 15, 2009 Mumbai The BMC is still waiting for Rs 741 crore, outstanding water dues from various government and private organisations, says the reply to an RTI application by activist Milind Mulay. Domestic users are suffering amid a 15 per cent water cut but private organisations owe the BMC Rs 351 crore, nearly half the total. Of the dues from State and Central agencies, MHADA tops the list with Rs 101 crore, followed by Western Railway with Rs.57 crore. The state owes 5.78 per cent of the total dues, the Centre 3.84 per cent. Central Railway owes Rs 28 crore. BMC’s wards offices and its sister concern BEST also owe money; various civic departments have a pending bill of Rs 7 crore. “Since water billing was computerised in April 2001, the dues have run into crores and the BMC has done nothing to retrieve it. They should have been aggressive,” Mulay said. Additional municipal commissioner Anil Diggikar said the BMC has been writing to these agencies. “A decision at state level is required to make them pay up,” he said. Source: Outstanding bill is Rs 741 crore - Express India
  13. shaileshchandekar

    Water Supply Problem

    I stay in baner in Satyam Shivam Society near Rajwada Hotel we are not getting the Corporation Drinking water in our society for the last two months we spoke to the PMC ward office in aundh several times but still the problem is not gettin resolved. Pls advice what should we do?
  14. As reported by Sharad Vyas, Reeba Zachariah & Sukhada Tatke at timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 26 October 2009, 02:00am IST MUMBAI: Five-star hotels, which had to bear the brunt of the water cuts this year, have drastically cut down consumption by adopting a systematic approach to water conservation. Luxury and business hotels have large water requirements for landscaping and swimming pools, but recent data obatined under a recent Right to Information (RTI) application revealed that annual water consumption of hotels in the island city reduced from 7.95 lakh kilo litres (kl) in the 2007-08 financial year to 7.38 lakh kl in the 2008-09 financial year. In the suburbs, star hotels’ total consumption fell to 10.52 lakh kl in 2008-09 compared to 11.63 lakh kl the previous year. BMC officials said that water consumption of five-star hotels saw a dip last year as most of them relied on private tankers for supply. “It is a known fact that the tanker syndicate supplies water at a lower rate than our commercial rates. Most hotels depend on tankers for filling water in swimming pools and for other facilities like jacuzzis and spas,” said a senior BMC official. But data shows that over 50 star hotels in Mumbai have managed to cut their average water consumption per room itself, from 1,600 litres to just around 1,000 litres, way below their counterparts in Delhi. According to a recent government survey, an average room in a five-star hotel in Delhi still consumes 1,600 litres of water every day. Though many would attribute the drop in hotels’ water consumption to fewer occupancy owing to the 26/11 strikes and the global meltdown, several hotels have turned to water-efficient equipment, waste-water recycling systems and rainwater harvesting and other innovative methods. Some hotels have been placing an appeal card in guest rooms with a gentle request to allow housekeeping to wash the bed linen and towels on a two-day basis as against the old practice of changing them daily. The Taj hotels, India’s largest hospitality chain, last August launched the Earth (Environment Awareness and Renewal at Taj Hotels) to boost sustainable tourism and integrate environment management across its business areas. Several of its 100-odd properties have been investing in various water-saving methods and the latest that plans to do so is Taj President. Says Taj President’s general manager Pankaj Sampat, “We are looking to invest in a sewage treatment plant shortly. The plant, that could entail a capital expenditure of Rs 80 lakh, would recycle 20 kl of water, resulting in a saving of Rs 2,000-2,500 a day.” Others like ITC, Hyatt, Leela and Le Meridian too have environment-friendly programmes to help conserve water. The Oberoi at Nariman Point for instance, has instructed its staff to avoid unnecessary flushing in toilets. Moreover, both the Taj and Oberoi have introduced other measures to save water like minimising leaks in pipes or valves in the hotel, installing low-flow aerators in the faucets of all guest rooms and shower heads in bathrooms. Environment officer of Orchid Hotel, Akshay Gavai, pointed out that a hotel can do a lot to conserve water. “Orchid Hotels has a sewage water treatment plant to make the water usable. “We have also reduced the capacity of flushes in the loos and quantity in the showers, besides introducing times for water usage,’’ said Gavai. Source: Five-stars squeeze more water from every drop - Mumbai - City - The Times of India
  15. mansamd


    I'm from Chandigarh , I like to do a lot of social work in & around Chandigarh . I've undertaken the Mai bhago scheme of Punjab govt & have formed self help groups for empowering woman I've also undertaken water supply & sanitations projects for rural villages
  16. Atul Patankar

    A slow death for our fire hydrants

    As reported by Viju B. at timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 30 August2009 MUMBAI: The common scene of street kids revelling, illegally of course, in the cooling blast of a water hydrant is slowly disappearing from the cityscape. The ubiquitous red hydrants that have been serving the city's fire brigade for at least a century, now, may soon become a relic of the past as the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is quietly doing away with them. For one, the civic authorities have spaced out the hydrants, increasing the gap between two iconic little red pillars from 150 to 500 metres. While the BMC maintains that it conducts the routine annual inspection of fire hydrants and does not plan to dismantle all of them, information got through a Right to Information (RTI) query reveals otherwise. Only 14 per cent of the hydrants - that are supposed to provide 24x7 water supply to the fire brigade - are operational. Of the 10,371 fire hydrants in the city only 1,503 work, according to records of the Mumbai fire brigade. Breach Candy resident N Lakhani who filed the RTI query on this issue said many of these hydrants have become unusable due to lack of maintenance. "We have destroyed a unique system founded during the British Raj due to sheer negligence,'' he said. Lakhani pursued the RTI query on discovering that many of the hydrants in his neighbhourhood were non-functional. Fire officials said they now have to depend on water tankers, which have to be refilled if the blaze cannot be contained after three to four hours. "We have tankers with a capacity to carry water up to 14,000 litres, but there are times when we need to go back and fill the tank, and valuable time is lost,'' said veteran P D Karguppikar, former fire chief, Mumbai fire brigade. Senior officials from the hydraulic engineer's department admitted that many hydrants are not working due to lack of maintenance. "The valves are buried deep inside pavements and the hydrants are choked with garbage, `' said one fire official. "Moreover, the water supply is also intermittent, and this has to be sorted at the ward level,'' added another senior official. "We cannot keep a check on these hydrants 24x7, though in the past, we have been able to nab culprits misusing this facility,'' said former hydraulic engineer M M Kamble. The department is now providing 12 filling points from where tankers can refill their empty tanks in case of an emergency. Filling points are water tanks connected to the main pipeline inside the ward office where the tankers come and refill water in case of an emergency. Residents point out instances when non-functional hydrants have let down the fire brigade. "A few years ago, when a fire broke out at Shastri Market in Matunga, and the fire brigade ran out of water, they frantically tried to use the fire hydrant in the vicinity, but it did not work. Finally, they had to pump out water from a well to quell the blaze,'' said Matunga resident Laxmichand Haria. Source: A slow death for our fire hydrants - Mumbai - City - NEWS - The Times of India
  17. As reported at zeenews.com on August 3, 2009 Mumbai: The Bombay High Court has ordered setting up of a committee to look into the safety of the over a century old water pipelines in the city and give a detailed plan of action for the system. The order passed after hearing a PIL filed by an NGO, Janhit Manch, for removal of encroachment in and around Mumbai's water supply pipelines read, "It is an admitted fact that the pipes carrying water from the source to Mumbai citizens are more than 100 years' old... "We are not sure, from the security point of view, whether these pipes are safe, particularly considering the present security environment of the country." The order dated July 29 further said, "We are also not sure whether the water, which is carried for the citizens of Mumbai, is hygienically safe, because throughout the route of these pipes, there are hutments built unauthorizedly by people." The High Court then directed appointment of a committee to be headed by the Chief Secretary of the state which would look into the safety of these water pipes. Director General of Police, Municipal Commissioner, Mumbai Municipal Corporation, and Finance Secretary of the government of Maharashtra have been asked to be a part of the committee. Bhagwanji Rayani of Janhit Manch had filed the PIL for removal of slum encroachment in and around Mumbai's water supply system following frequent media reports of puncturing the pipelines and stealing water for domestic and commercial purposes. He also filed an RTI with Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation in this regard. As per the RTI reply, the total length of main pipes supplying water to Mumbai is 160 km and its diameter varies from 24" to 108" passing from Mulund, Sion, Dharavi and Mahim. "No replacement of any trunk main has been ever done. Instead, the hydraulic department in charge of maintenance of water pipe lines attends to repairs/patching, leakages and bursts," the reply from the deputy hydraulic engineer read. Security of the water pipes are provided from Khindipada gate of Bhandup Complex up to Maroshi gate. There is no security after Maroshi gate at Marol and from Marol and from Mulund to Dinshaw bridge, Bhandup. The BMC also held involvement of various agencies in activity, resistance from anti-social elements, various provisions in the Slum Act i.e. rehabilitation etc, responsible for unsuccessful demolition of hutments there. Source: Set up panel to study 100-yr-old water pipelines
  18. qaidzoher

    jj flyover

    i am a regular user of the road under the jj flyover. during the monsoons this road is subject to constant water draining of the underside of the bridge due to the collection of water on the bridge itself. i would like to know whom to approach and who is responsible for maintaining the drainage of the rain water on the bridge? a quick response would help as monsoon is just around the corner. thanks
  19. Atul Patankar

    KSPCB to file cases against industries

    As reported by N R Madhusudhan at The New Indian Express - Best of South India News, Entertainment, Cricket, Business, Lifestyle on 25 May 2009 BANGALORE: Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) is planning to file cases against the industries that are not willing to pay water cess. According to the provisions of the Cess Act 1976, the State Pollution Control Boards are supposed to collect a cess for water that is used for different purposes. A portion of the collected cess is retained by the Central Pollution Control Board and the remaining sum is returned to the State Pollution Control Boards for promoting environmental activities. The cess is fixed at 3 paise per litre for the water that is used for domestic purposes, 10 paise per litre for water used for boilers and cooling purposes in industries, 20 paise per litre for the water that gets polluted and is bio-degradable and 30 paise per litre for the water that gets polluted and is not biodegradable. These rules were framed to check the over exploitation of ground water resources. Nearly 2,500 industries from around the state are supposed to pay cess. According to the information accessed through RTI by Express, some of the industries have not paid cess for years.In Karnataka, the cess is normally collected by the KSPCB regional offices. All the regional offices except Davangere and Mangalore have efficiently collected the cess in their regions. Davangere and Mangalore regional offices account for more than 70 per cent of the uncollected cess for the year 2007-08. Davangere regional office has to collect more than Rs 2.5 crore cess and Mangalore office has to collect more than Rs 1.5 crore cess from different industries. HPF Ltd of Davangere alone has to pay more than Rs two lakh cess to KSPCB. KSPCB Member Secretary M S Gouder said that they are trying to persuade the industries to pay.. “We are planning to file cases against the industries that are unyielding,” he added Source: KSPCB to file cases against industries
  20. As reported at www.expressindia.com on 14 March 2009 Chandigarh The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation to pay Rs 15,000 as compensation for sending inflated water bills to a consumer. The MC has also been directed to refund Rs 5,000 charged in excess and another Rs 5,000 as costs of litigation. Sunita Sanghi, a resident of Sector 21, said she received a water bill, allegedly inflated by Rs 776, in August 2005. On inquiry, she was told that the bill was based on the actual consumption of water but Sanghi averred that in the following bimonthly cycle, her bill was comparatively low. However, Sanghi received “highly inflated” bills for April, June and August 2006, amounting to Rs 4,338 and Rs 1,609 respectively. Sanghi later deposited Rs 65 for the checking of her meter, which was found in working order. She was, however, informed that there could be a leak in the underground pipe following which she approached the CPWD. The pipeline was also found satisfactory. Thereafter, Sanghi said she wrote numerous letters to the MC authorities seeking rectification of the bills. She also sought information under the RTI Act and found that no meter had been installed on the ground floor of her house till June 16, 2006. She apprehended that the excessive bill was on account of unauthorised use of water by the occupant on the ground floor and the averred that the bills could have been issued to her in connivance with the occupant. She then moved the consumer forum. In its reply, the MC said the billing was done according to the actual consumption of water only. Announcing the verdict, the forum said the MC had stated in its reply that the meter was installed in April 2004 only, even though the application for installation of a meter was given in May 2002. “This stand is contradicts the information supplied to the complainant under the RTI Act,” it stated. The forum also said that the sudden spurt in the bill for the month of February 2006 is unexplainable. Similarly, the other bills of the months ending April, June and August 2006 are also inflated. Source: Civic body to pay for inflated water bills - Express India
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