Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (WASA) has hiked the water tariff by five per cent for commercial and residential users in the capital amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
WASA Managing Director Taqsem A Khan, who is now in the US, proposed the hike in an online meeting on Monday and the board approved it with a majority vote.However, some board members opposed the proposal and some others proposed hiking the traffic to a tolerable limit amid the pandemic, sources said.
The hiked tariff will be effective from July 1, WASA board members said.
From July, city consumers will have to pay Tk 15.18 per unit (1,000 litres) of water for residential use, instead of the existing Tk 14.46. For commercial use, the tariff has been hiked to Tk 42 per unit (1,000 litres) from Tk 40.65.
Talking to the Daily Sun, Dhaka WASA Board president Golam Mostafa said the proposal was approved to adjust the water tariff in line with the production cost of water.
“The WASA board is empowerment by law to hike the tariff once a year in line with the rise in production cost because there is 6-7 per cent inflation every year,” he said.
He also said if the tariff is not hiked every year, there will be a huge gap between the production cost and tariff.“Two months ago a proposal to hike tariff was made in a meeting but we rejected it because the Covid-19 pandemic was in a rising trend and people were in fear. We have decided to hike the tariff now because the infection rate is lower and the fear is over.”
In 2020, Dhaka WASA hiked water tariff by 25 per cent though there are widespread allegations over poor water quality and supply.