Transparency International Bangladesh on Tuesday said the proposed increase in price of water supplied by state-run Dhaka WASA was illogical and aimed at oppressing clients.
It found that the proposals for increasing per unit of water consumed by residential consumers to Tk 20 from Tk 11.57 and to Tk 65 from Tk 37.08 for the commercial users are unacceptable since they contradict the WASA rules.
In a press release, the TIB said the WASA act 1996 permitted only five per cent price hike annually whereas the proposals for hike is 80 per cent.
It also said the WASA should make up the growing operational cost and payment obligation of the debt it has taken for development projects through improving its efficiency and shunning corruption.
A survey on WASA by the TIB last year found that 41.4 per cent clients complained about stinking water, 44.8 per cent about inadequate supply and 37.5 per cent about corruption and irregularities.
TIB executive director Iftekharuzzaman said WASA should hold public hearing before increasing the prices of supply water.
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