Non-payment of dues hampers drinking water quality inspection

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Kathmandu, Aug 12: The mandatory inspection of the quality of drinking water has proven to be an uphill task in the backdrop of failure of the drinking water suppliers to provide one per cent of the total revenue generated to Water Supply Tariff Fixation Commission (WSTFC) as service charge.
The three drinking water supply companies have Rs 22.2 million in due amount from fiscal year 2072-73 BS to be paid under service charge to the Commission.
As per the Drinking Water Revenue Determination Commission Act, 2063, the companies are required to make a payment of two per cent of total revenue generation but a later decision cut it down to only one per cent.
Commission Chairman, Upendra Kumar Adhikari, said he is even struggling to run the office as Kathmandu Valley Drinking Water Ltd and Nepal Drinking Water Corporation are yet to submit the due amount. But, he added that the Bharatpur and Hetauda drinking Water management boards have already made the payment.
“Employees have not received nine months’ salaries as the Commission is yet to receive the due amount, the Commission does not even look like an office as there are not enough employees,” he added further.
The office is unable to recruit more employees as there is no source of income and with less number of employees on board it is unable to carry out necessary inspection for checking the water quality. This has resulted in a spike in the spread of water-induced diseases during the monsoon season. As the Commission does not receive budget from the government it is forced to draw income sources from water supply companies. RSS

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