₹1 crore flows out from BWSSB as power bill daily
- One-third of Water Board’s revenue drained in paying power bills
- BWSSB pays close to ₹33 crore power bill on a monthly basis
The Bengaluru Water Supply and Sewerage Boar (BWSSB) is paying a whopping ₹32 to 33 crore per month to the State Electricity Board in the form of power bills. This essentially translates into the Water Board paying ₹1 crore on a daily basis to the Electricity Board.
Kemparamiah, Chief Engineer of BWSSB has revealed that ₹99 crore was the revenue collected in August and September 2016. From this almost one third is spent as payment of ‘power bill.’
In the current scenario, the Chief Engineer says, the bill is lesser than what they used to pay earlier. Earlier, twice the revenue was being spent as payment to the electricity companies and had the Water Board facing a major financial burden. Matters were eased after the revision of water tariff in 2004 and the power bill amount has since come down, but this amount too is phenomenal.
Here is a breakup of how the Water Board pays off its bills. ₹11 crore is being paid to Mysore Chamundeshwari Electricity Corporation and ₹21 crore to the Bangalore Electricity Company at Torekadanahalli, in Mandya district (₹10.5 crore each being paid as power bills to Tataguni and Harohalli Electricity Corporations).