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  1. Hi all, Please help me with my queries and guide me. Thank you. Water supply in our municipal connection has stopped since almost more than 45 days. We filed complaint about the same on 24/08/2015. No personnel from water resources department of Nandurbar Municipal corporation came to address the problem, instead they are asking us to try various things to sort the problem, including hiring plumber and bear the labor cost for the same. Even again on 03/09/2015 I visited Nandurbar municipality and raised the issue and they were again saying to file complaint, which I did. Even chief officer of Nandurbar Municipal corporation is evasive and says there is not definite time line for addressing such issues. Now I've questions as in what are my rights as tax payer to get this problem resolved? What role does Municipality have to solve this problem? Who is responsible to bear the cost of plumber and labor to sort this issue? I feel that Municipality people are trying to exploit me and not fulfilling their duties? Please guide me about my rights, whom and where to approach for redressal of my complaint, what kind of questions to frame for filing RTI application and to whom...... Thank you.
  2. Around 334 private aided schools in the city is under the scanner as they have failed to comply with the norms of the Right To Education (RTE) Act after the expiry of the March 2015 deadline. While the future of around 1.2 lakh students is under threat, education department officials have maintained that the process to renew the recognition of the schools in question is in process and will be done by 2016. According to Ramesh Joshi, general secretary of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Teachers Association, who had sought information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act about the number of schools that had not renewed the recognition said that most of the 334 schools had flouted the norms of the Right to Education (RTE) Act and had failed to comply by the March 2015 deadline. Read more at: 334 schools in hot water | The Asian Age
  3. Nagpur: Taking serious cognisance of various violations, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board's (MPCB) Nagpur Regional office has recommended snapping power and water connections to one of the biggest housing schemes - Anandam World City Project. MPCB has gone on to name the developer of the project, Goldbricks Infrastructure Private Limited, as habitual defaulter of environment norms. Goldbricks has refuted all allegations of violations, claiming that it has the environmental department's clearance for the entire project, which overrides all other departments. MPCB Nagpur Regional office's proposal for action has come to fore in information collected under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. Activist Kamlesh Shah recently received the documents related to Anandam project from the MPCB. Read at: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/MPCB-plans-to-snap-Anandams-power-water-lines/articleshow/47635337.cms
  4. Adityapur in Seraikela-Kharsawan district has a dam of worries to deal with. The old Sitarampur reservoir on Kharkai river, which caters to the water needs of industrial belt and also the township, is dying a slow death and a time will come when it will completely run dry, the warning has been spilled by the drinking water and sanitation department in reply to an RTI query. Om Prakash, president of Jan Kalyan Morcha, a local social organisation crusading for civic amenities for Adityapur, had invoked the RTI Act to know the plight of the dam, which is spread over 19.2sqkm but has turned shallow in the absence of proper upkeep. Read at: Shrinking dam spills water worries
  5. MUMBAI: Average Mumbaikar loses water supply if dues against his/her metered water use remain pending for even over a couple of months. And when forecast is indicating poor monsoon in Mumbai region that might lead to major water cuts soon, nearly eighteen of the total 41 water meters at ministerial bungalows in Malabar Hills are getting supply despite they being out of order. Interestingly the water bill dues against nearly 22 ministerial penthouses for the fiscal 2014-15 stand at Rs 6 lakh by the end of March 2015 which is much more than paltry over Rs 2000 that was pending in 2012-13. Though number of ministerial bungalows receiving unmetered supply has gone down over the past two years, the heavy consumption of water remains the same indicating no efforts to conserve or recycle the water. In 2012-13 there were 27 meters that were out of order in these bungalows but dues were negligible at Rs 2299. "However, the dues have touched Rs 6 lakh mark now with number of non-working meters sliding to 18. ON around 22 bungalows there are 41 water meters. Interestingly consumption through these closed meters is underway as usual but nobody knows where the water is moving," social activist Chetan Kothari said who revealed these facts to TOI through an RTI he made with the state PWD. Read at: Ministerial bungalows get unmetered water supply - The Times of India
  6. Team, I have filed an RTI application under Life or Liberty clause, as the Public Health and Engineering Department, Rewari is supplying dirty drinking water, threat to the life of 1000s of People. Hon'ble State Information Commissioner has rejected the Life or Liberty clause. Team please suggest, may I file appeal against the order of SIC, or the same is OK. Regards Rajender Soni Life or liberty1.pdf
  7. Report by Odisha Diary bureau, Bhubaneswar: Water Tax worth Rs. 6169 crores pending with the Companies and Factories in the State from 2000 to 2014 due to inefficiency and indifferent attitude of Odisha Govt. , exposed through RTI. This was informed by the RTI activist Pradip Pradhan and other activists in a press conference. - See more at: http://www.orissadiary.com/CurrentNews.asp?id=58466#sthash.tfhfI6kP.dpuf Read at:RTI exposed Water Tax worth Rs. 6169 crores pending with Companies in Odisha from 2000 to 2014, Odisha Current News, Odisha Latest Headlines
  8. Sukhendra Singh

    New water bill connection Fees

    Hello, Please let me know what is the fees for new water bill connection. As people are telling me it is 30000 rupees/40000 rupees. Is there anyone who has taken new water connection and have idea about this? Please inform. Thanks, Sukhendra
  9. Sukhendra Singh

    Water Bill Problem Mumbai

    Dear Admin, Name :Sukhendra Singh Address: 210,8/9, Indira Nagar, Hariyali village,Group No.3,Vikhroli Problem Statement: We have been not receiving water bill from the date of connection. We are four members. The member on whose name connection was taken few years back,did not inform us and suddenly took a new connection. An Unknown person came and threatened to cut the water supply and asked for money. He was not from BMC. I am a student and recently have got the job in MNC. I immediately contacted BMC authorities after the incident and explained this scenario. Then they sent a admin to check meter number. Now I want to know on whose name connection was and want it to transter on my name. Whatever will be the due amount we will pay. BMC website for water bill is not working. URL:https://aquaptax.mcgm.gov.in/aqua/citizenportal/ Please let me know what is the procedure for getting water bill and name change. Thanking you, Sukhendra Singh
  10. NEW DELHI: Central Information Commission has taken suo motu notice of information published in a TOI report published on February 27, 2015 on drinking water facility in Delhi's government schools. It directed DJB and Directorate of Education to "give a report on drinking water facility in the schools...with challenges, proposals and plans to provide the drinking water along with the time frame for the same". Read at: Get info on drinking water in all govt schools: Central Information Commission - The Times of India
  11. "An overhead tank was constructed only at Fort Kochi. As per an RTI reply, the supply to west Kochi was 10 MLD in 1980, now it is around 9 MLD. All those responsible for this problem - including Kochi Corporation, KWA and politicians - should be brought to book," the chairman said. Read more at: NGO seeks Britain PM's help to fix water project anomalies - The Times of India
  12. In a land mark judgement the Hon'ble Hyderabad High Court asked the GHMC (Greater Hyderabad Municiapl COPRPORATION ) not to disconnect water/power for the TAX defaulters as they have no such right and follow the standard proceedure to realise the tax dues.Municipality was doping all silly things like throwing garbage near the house of defaulter etc. which is rather uncivilized way of collection of taxes.This is a good judgement for public.
  13. NEW DELHI: Over a quarter of Delhi's government schools are functioning without a water connection. Of the 798 that bothered to respond to a query filed under RTI by a Delhi NGO, 220—27.5%—reported they don't have a Delhi Jal Board connection. Read at: 27% of govt schools without DJB water: NGO - The Times of India
  14. GURGAON: For over four years now, HUDA has not undertaken the routine cleaning of several overhead and underground drinking water reservoirs in various sectors, an RTI has revealed. The RTI was filed by activist Aseem Takyar. The reply by HUDA's division-II, received on February 12, revealed water tanks in sectors 21, 22, 23 and 23A, have not been cleaned since 2011. They are normally expected to be cleaned once every year. Besides, an overhead tank in Sector 18, underground water storage tanks in sectors 3, 5, 6, 12, 12A, 21, 22, 23, 23A and Electronics City have not been maintained or cleaned since mid-2013. Read at: HUDA didn?t clean drinking water tanks for 4 yrs, reveals RTI - The Times of India
  15. HYDERABAD: Water board authorities have threatened to cut off supplies to government departments if they fail to immediately clear bills pending for the last three years. An RTI query revealed that dues from several government departments have mounted to a whopping Rs 300 crore. Read at: Govt depts owe 300 cr water dues - The Times of India
  16. NEW DELHI: They might be outnumbered by male counterparts but women ministers in Team Modi seem to attend Cabinet meetings more than their colleagues. Information accessed by ET through Right to Information (RTI) Act shows that unlike Congress-led UPA regime, BJP's allies are more involved in the decision-making process at the Centre with ministers regularly attending meetings. Read more at:HRD minister Smriti Irani & water resources minister Uma Bharti have 100% attendance; score over male counterparts - The Economic Times
  17. [h=1]Pollution control panel clueless about illegal water packaging units in Delhi[/h] There are nearly 64 water packaging units operating in Delhi, many of them allegedly extracting groundwater, even as the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) has no statistics of such units. The list of water packaging units across India with BIS licence in 2014 shows 64 such units in Delhi. However, an RTI response from DPCC revealed that the Committee does not have the data on such units even as it goes on to claim in another response that it is the agency that acts against units operating without consent under the Air and the Water Act. Environmental activist Vikrant Tongad had filed an RTI application with the DPCC seeking information on the total number of water packaging units in Delhi and how many of them were using groundwater. He had also sought information on units operating without proper consent under the environmental laws. The DPCC then replied that the data is not available. Not satisfied with the reply, Mr. Tongad checked the BIS website which clearly showed 64 such units in Delhi. Thereafter, he wrote to the Lieutenant-Governor complaining about how the DPCC did not have any data on the matter. He also sought inquiry against various small mineral water supplying agencies and packaged water units running without consent and extracting groundwater even as many areas in Delhi have been notified as over-exploited. “The DPCC’s attitude is extremely disappointing. Its officials should be acted against,” Mr. Tongad had said in the complaint. After the complaint, the DPCC supplied information about five water packaging units against which it has acted on public complaints for operating in non-conforming areas, while citing a Supreme Court order. It is to be noted that the units under DPCC’s scanner hold a BIS licence, said Mr. Tongad. “It is shocking to learn that DPCC does not have any data or statistics on such water packaging units. Who knows they are extracting groundwater or using tankers. And how is DPCC expected to act against any unit flouting the norms when it does not have the relevant data,” he added. “The irony is that the DPCC, on the one hand says it does not have statistics on the total number of water packaging units in the city. On the other hand it claims authority for acting against units operating without consent. Is it relying on public complaints?” said Mr. Tongad. DPCC could not be reached for comments. Read More: Pollution control panel clueless about illegal water packaging units in Delhi - The Hindu
  18. Deepak GC

    Regarding water Meter

    Hello, i need to know the estimation, how much it may cost, to a Meter for 60 - 40 siten, with 2 floor building, 5 houses with 460 sq.
  19. mohamed.navas

    Info. from CIDCO, Navi Mumbai

    Hello, I live in Kamothe, Navi Mumbai. CIDCO supplies water to housing societies there. Till Sep-14, we used to get 24 hours water supply. In the past few months, the water supply has reduced drastically. Housing society office bearers won't reply to us properly when asked about this. I want to know from CIDCO, the quantity of water supplied each month to our building in the last six months. I would also like to know the charges for water supplies, our housing society has paid to CIDCO. For comparison purpose, I would like to get the same information for a neighboring building. I have never filed an RTI query in the past. Please guide me in getting the information required from CIDCO through RTI application.
  20. The state government has exempted all information and documents relating to interstate water issues from disclosure under Right to Information Act. A government order (GO) in this regard was issued by the water resources department on Tuesday. The decision was taken fearing that disclosing the information might affect the cases pending at various courts, including the Supreme Court. Read details: RTI can't get you info on interstate water row - The Times of India
  21. I live in first floor of a 3 storied independent house. The second floor is half house and the remaining half is the roof. The neighbour waters his trees placed on the roof and washes clothes on the roof causing heavy cracks on the roof and water seeps in my floor in my bedroom causing water leakage. My neighbour refuses to repair the roof and says that it is not his problem. The leakage happens mostly when there is a rain. Moreover the neighbour interferes in every work that happens and creates problems in terms of privacy. I wanted help from RTI forum to understand what are my rights in this matter as a widowed woman and what actions can I take.
  22. Ensure regular water supply: Consumer court to civic body - The Times of India Ensure regular water supply: Consumer court to civic body Saeed Khan,TNN | Dec 11, 2013, 12.34 AM IST AHMEDABAD: A consumer court has asked Surendranagar-Dudhrej municipality, which is located in one of the water scarcity hit areas of Gujarat, to supply clean and potable water to the city on a regular basis. Besides directing the civic body to supply water on fixed timings, the court has also asked it to keep the city clean by keeping roads garbage free, maintaining streetlights and taking care of other basic amenities for which the municipality collects taxes from citizens. The Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum of Surendranagar district reminded the civic body of its responsibilities and directed it not to remain negligent and show "deficiency in its services", for the citizens paying it taxes have rights to complaint. The order came in response to a complaint filed by a retired person, Kalabhai Bharwad. He had sought cleaning of a waterlogged open plot beside his house, but the civic body officials did not work. After cleaning the plot full of contaminated rainwater on two occasions in July this year, he approached the court asserting his right as a consumer. He sought direction to the civic body to keep the area clean. He also demanded for regular supply of water and that too on fixed timings, a practice that is alien to this area. Bharwad sought compensation for the damage caused to his house due to waterlogging in a nearby plot and for the difficulty he faced due to inaction on part of the municipality. The civic body, on the other hand, blamed him of causing waterlogging by discharging water after domestic use and putting up a hand pump in common plot. It also told the consumer court that it cannot rush to solve Bharwad's problem by leaving other jobs aside. The court ascertained whether he paid taxes regularly. Then it concluded that inaction on part of the civic body to redress Bharwad's repeated complaints amounted to deficiency in service. It directed the municipality to reimburse the amount Bharwad had spent over cleaning the plot. Besides, the court asked the municipality to pay Rs 4,000 to Bharwad for litigation cost and harassment caused by officials' negligence. The court observed that since the issues raised by Bharwad are affecting 2.5 lakh city population, the civic body should be asked to supply clean water to the city on regular basis. (Is it possible that our dear friends can take up similar matter with public authorities since every rupee of "tax paid " then would amount to the "benefactor" becoming a "consumer". In fact combining this with the lucknow development authority judgement would also ensure that the officers responsible for derelection of duty may be held accountable and also the "compensation" paid to the victim may be "deducted" from their salaries). Any comments are welcome..
  23. Mera water bill almost 1 year se zada se nhi aa rha duplicate bill mangte hai to kuch bhana bana dete hai jaal board me or original ka unhe kuch pata nhi hai. to me kis trha se apna water bill niklwau plz koi tarika bate mujhe plz...................
  24. sarohacbe

    Water Supply Problem

    Dear Sir, I am living in K.G. Chavadi, Coimbatore (Tamilnadu), Here drinking water supply once in a month for 2-4 hrs maximum and normal water supply is not in the frequent order and water supply is in the gape of 7-15 days for 2-4 hrs. The above water supply is not enough for our residential area people and people are forced to buy the water from outside. We are spending Rs.500-1000/- every month for both water purchase. I want to know the exact water supply schedule for my area. Thanks & Regards, Rajkumar Singh Saroha (Posting of mail ids is against RTI India - Forum Rules - hence deleted)
  25. As reported by Vinita Deshmukh at moneylife.in on 27 July 2011 Dr Arvind Shenoy, senior chemical and consumer product researcher, had a hunch that Hindustan Unilever was making exaggerated claims about its Pureit water purifier. His suspicions were confirmed by the NIV which has threatened to take legal action if the company does not correct the advertising That the giant multinational company Hindustan Unilever (HUL) has no qualms about misleading people to sell its product was exposed recently, thanks to the RTI Act. It has even been threatened with legal action for making tall claims that its water purifier 'Pureit' kills/removes one crore viruses in one litre of water. The esteemed institution that has issued this warning to the company is the National Institute of Virology (NIV), which in its letter dated 2nd June has accused it of "twisting and misrepresenting facts". The facts pertain to a study conducted by the NIV "to evaluate the performance of domestic water purification units with respect to contaminating enteric viruses." HUL has, it seems, exaggerated by about 100 times the efficacy (of its water purifier) as tested by the NIV. The video links to the company's advertisements are here. The letter written by Dr AC Mishra, director, NIV, on 2 June 2011 states: "It is brought to my attention that your company is advertising Pureit regularly on TV. The said advertisement is quoting explicitly NIV's report that the purifier kills one crore viruses in a litre of water. We have clearly reported in our paper that experiments were conducted using 0.67x105 Hepatitis E virus particles per litre of water. Hence, your advertisements are not based on facts. You are requested to refrain from twisting and misrepresenting the facts. Failing to take immediate corrective measures may force us to resort to legal action against your company." Mumbai-based Dr Arvind Shenoy, a PhD in chemistry and a consumer product researcher, with 42 years of professional experience in consumer product testing, both chemical and microbiological, decided to invoke the RTI Act on this matter in October 2010. "It all began with their Rs1 crore safety challenge advertisement, in which the HUL proudly tom-tommed about a test report on eight domestic water purifiers by the NIV. According to HUL, the NIV report claimed that its Pureit water purifier, a gravity-fed water filtration device, was the only water purifier that "removed/killed more than one crore viruses from one litre of water (Ek Crore Virus Ek Litre Pani se Maarta Hai)," Dr Shenoy says. He explains, "I felt an instant apprehension about HUL's advertising claims. Since NIV was a Government of India (GOI) institution, I sought information under the RTI Act, thrice in 2010. After five months of waiting (he got the information on 25 February 2011), I had all the information, which revealed what I had suspected all along! Indeed, HUL had misrepresented, twisted and blatantly lied to gullible consumers about the quality of the Pureit water purifier. The tone of the advertisements on HUL's Pureit now appears to be a calculated exercise in falsehood and deceit in order to coax as many consumers as possible to buy Pureit." Strangely, NIV refused to take action against HUL, even after the RTI revelation. So, on 11 May 2011, Dr Shenoy wrote to Dr Vishwa Mohan Katoch, director general, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Delhi, informing him that "Unilever Limited also markets Pureit to Indonesia and Mexico, but, in these countries they don't make such tall claims of killing one crore viruses per litre, probably for the fear of the repercussions from their respective governments." The RTI information revealed that HUL was making its water purifier appear 100 times more efficient than what was stated in the report. Dr Shenoy says, "the document procured under RTI makes it abundantly clear that the testing was done with only 0.67x10(5) Hepatitis E Virus (HEV) particles per litre of water and not one crore, that is 1x107 HEV particles per litre of water as claimed by HUL in its advertisements." Asked whether the testing by NIV of the eight water purifier brands was sponsored, V Gopalkrishna, scientist and public information officer at NIV, stated that "it was not a sponsored testing" and that "it was an NIV supported activity". However, Dr Shenoy who has a copy of the test report that was published by NIV researchers in the Journal of Tropical Medicine and International Health, Vol 14, pages 1-7, 2009, suspects otherwise. This is because the brand Pureit has been mentioned in the published test report (4th sentence on page 889). Mentioning a brand in such an internationally reputed journal is a violation of the norms of the US EPA's international ethical and scientific protocol. Dr Shenoy observes, "I noticed that, curiously, for reasons best known to NIV researchers, in their published test report study on eight water purifier units in the scientific journal, they have specifically mentioned Unit number eight as Pureit, a water purifier developed by Hindustan Lever Limited. This gives an impression that the study was conducted in NIV at the behest of the manufacturers of Hindustan Unilever. It is not ethical as per international research standards to mention the name of a brand and a company specifically; hence the suspicion." According to information received through the RTI Act, NIV tested eight brands of water purifiers sold in India. The test report was written in the international journal by Vikram Verma and Vidya A Arankalle, both scientists at NIV. (Read the article, "Virological evaluation of domestic water purification devices commonly used in India emphasizes inadequate quality and need for virological standards", from the Journal of Tropical Medicine and International Health. The units tested were: Unit 1 - Zero B, Unit 2 - Eureka Aqua Flow, Unit 3 - Orpat, Unit 4 - Krystalle, Unit 5 - Eureka Aquasure on Tap, Unit 6 - Anjali B-Free, Unit 7 - Aqua Plus (hollow fibre membrane), and Unit 8 - Pureit (from Hindustan Unilever). By the way, the conclusions of the report should open the eyes of people as to how ineffective the water purifiers in India are. It says, "These same samples showed free and total chlorine levels that were adequate to ensure proper elimination of bacterial contaminants, but were unable to remove pathogenic viruses. These reports clearly document a definite need for a separate, well-defined virological standard for drinking water as well as for the evaluation of water treatment plants and domestic water purifiers. "The minimum standards established by USEPA were not designed for developing countries where the microbiological quality of public water supply may not be as good as in developed countries. India and other developing countries should formulate their own standards and ensure strict adherence by all those concerned. This will help both manufacturers and consumers to be quality conscious with respect to drinking water, a basic need for every population and the major source of a variety of infectious diseases taking heavy toll every year in all the under-developed and developing countries. "Similar study needs to be extended to the water treatment plants/systems used in villages, small cities and the metros to truly understand the quality of water made available to the people. It would be worthwhile judging the performance of the domestic units in field, i.e. houses, with respect to water quality, adherence to the recommended maintenance of the units, as well as time period of usage. We would like to point out here that we have evaluated one unit of each type. The batch-to-batch or unit-to-unit variation was not evaluated. This is a limitation of this study and needs to be extended to several units from one batch as well as different batches. "In conclusion, our study suggests that even with the limitation of the study pointed out above, the results indicate that six of eight units tested (one unit/type) do not confirm to USEPA standards and emphasises the need for a definite national policy for the evaluation of such devices by the regulatory authorities as well as at factory level. Such an exercise will ensure availability of quality-assured domestic water purification units to the community, thereby reducing the burden of water-borne infections. It is desirable to set up our own national virological standards as well as evaluation of the protocol developed by us in several laboratories followed by strict adherence to the method accepted and approved by the regulatory authorities." The point here to note is that although the NIV in its letter dated 2nd June has threatened legal action if HUL does not "immediately" rectify the false information, it is nearly two months but the NIV has not yet served even a legal notice to the multinational company. Does that speak loudly of NIV's intentions in conducting the test in the first place? As for Dr Shenoy, he wants HUL to publicly apologise. He has sent HUL a legal notice on 25 July 2011. (Vinita Deshmukh is a senior editor, author and convener of Pune Metro Jagruti Abhiyaan. She can be reached at vinitapune@gmail.com.)
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