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HC stays DWASA step to raise water tariff

M Moneruzzaman  | Published: 00:31, Jun 23,2020

 
 

The High Court on Monday stayed a Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority notice about increasing water price until August 10.

Earlier, DWASA issued a notice confirming rise in water tariff by 25 per cent from April 1.

An online bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim issued the directive after hearing online a public interest litigation writ petition filed by Supreme Court lawyer Md Tanvir Ahmed.

The lawyer challenged the legality of increasing the water tariff twice in a fiscal year while the law empowered WASA to increase tariff by five per cent once in a fiscal year.

The DWASA in set tariff on each unit (1,000 litres) of water supplied to household in capital at Tk 14.46 instead of the previous tariff of Tk 11.57.

The tariff on water supply for commercial users was set at Tk 40 instead of previous tariff of Tk 37.04 in Dhaka.

The DWASA said that the water tariff was increased from April 1 to adjust production cost and recent increase in prices of gas and electricity.

In March, the price of each unit of water supplied to households was set to rise by 24.97 per cent to Tk 14.46 in Dhaka.

The tariff on water supply for commercial users was set at Tk 37.04 per unit in the capital, marking a 7.99 per cent jump.

Attorney general Mahbubey Alam supported the WASA’s initiative in raising the tariff.

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