Most residents had thought that the rates won’t be revised this time and the latest development has resulted in several complaints.
“The authority has been increasing the charges consistently. But the supply has not improved from what it was in 2016-17. Unless they improve the infrastructure and the water quality, why should the residents pay extra amount every year?” asked the president of the residents’ welfare association in Greater Noida, Devendra Tiger.
Additional chief executive officer, GNIDA, Amandeep Duli, said that a one-time settlement scheme would be launched soon and allottees making upfront payment will be offered 30-40% rebate over annual charges.
“We are giving final shape to the scheme. Those making payments in advance will get a rebate. The water charges are revised annually, as per the existing guidelines,” Duli said.
The authority has offered land to more than 1.4 lakh allottees and sub-allottees over the past few years. Now, the monthly water charges will vary in the range of Rs 130-Rs 1,501 for residential allottees, as per the size of their plots. For others, the monthly charges will be in the range of Rs 642-Rs 53,590.
Although officials said that 750 litre of water is supplied to each household daily, residents said the volume is much lower and the supply is irregular.