KATHMANDU, June 23
The Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited (KUKL) has proposed 127 percent hike in the minimum tariff for drinking water.
KUKL, which supplies 60 million liters of water to 3.2 million people, meets only less than 20percent of the demand for water in the Kathmandu Valley. There is a demand for 320 million liters of drinking water in the Valley.
Apart from the 2.6 million Valley residents, over half a million people who visit the capital for various reasons also use the water supplied by KUKL, according to the Department of Urban Development.
According to Sharma, the office had asked KUKL to bring down the proposed hike as it had earlier proposed setting the minimum tariff at Rs 151. “We had asked them to bring down the hike fearing public backlash,” added Sharma.
KUKL Spokesperson Milan Kumar Shakya said the drinking water facility had last hiked the tariff in 2008. He said the office runs on tariff it receives from consumers.
Meanwhile, consumer rights activists have filed a complaint at the commission demanding withdrawal of the tariff hike process.
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Published on 2013-06-24 02:48:35
KUKL proposes 127 percent tariff hike