The civic body had issued a circular in a bid to collect arrears of water bills issued before 2001.
Mumbai: As if water woes weren’t enough, residents of Goregaon have now been asked to pay 18-year-old water bills by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). The civic body has also threatened to sever the water supply if the bills are not paid.
Sandeep Patel, a BJP corporator from Goregaon, said that the BMC had issued a circular in a bid to collect arrears of water bills issued before 2001.
“One the residents in my ward, P.K. Bhat, has been sent an 18-year-old water bill by the BMC, asking him to pay the bill or face disconnection of water supply,” Mr Patel said.
“This is a grave injustice to the resident. If a flat owner, who has not paid water bills for several years, sells his flat, why would the new flat owner pay the pending bills? The BMC should have collected arrears from the old flat owner without delay. Instead, they are asking the new owner to pay the bill,” said Mr Patel.
It is illegal on the part of the civic body to collect old water bills from new flat owners, Mr Patel added.
According to Mr Patel, there were arrears pending of Rs 200 crore worth water bills that had been issued before 2001.