Published On : Tue, Nov 24th, 2015

NMC-OCW starts ‘disconnection’ drive against illegal water consumers in city

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Nagpur: Beware people!!! Especially, those who are illegally fetching water without legal/ meterised water connection, or people who have two or more illegally connected water supply lines at their residences.

After giving opportunities and reminders many times, now the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Orange City Water (OCW) have started massive disconnection drive against illegal consumers as well as those consumers who have double line connections, all over city.

The drive which started just last week, wherein in a stern action by NMC-OCW officials across in just two days (Nov 20 & 21), almost 61 connections (51 of illegal consumers and 10 who are having double line) were disconnected.

NMC-OCW disconnected 29 illegal consumers from Jaitala area (Laxmi Nagar zone), 6 from Reshimbagh (Dhantoli zone), 10 from Gadge Nagar (Dhantoli zone) 3 from Gandhibagh zone. Similarly 10 double line connections are also disconnected during the drive.

Focusing on the thousands of unregistered (illegal) water connections in the city, NMC and Orange City Water Pvt. Ltd. will conduct such disconnection drive every day in each zone.

It may be recalled here that to bring all these illegal consumers back in legal network, earlier, NMC-OCW had recently conducted a special drive to regularize unregistered water connections during 1st to 31st July. After receiving minimum response from people, the drive was then extended till August 15.

During drive OCW-NMC had appealed unregistered water consumers to co-operate with the officials approaching them for regularization. Also, if the officials have not yet approached, then to visit nearest zone office with necessary documents and get the connection regularized.

In addition, during 1st July to 15 th August, camps at various locations across 10 zones of the city were also organised to provide facility at the doorsteps of people.

Why Unregistered to Registered Drive (URD) ?
Under Unregistered to Registered Drive (URD), as approved by NMC in the General Body Meeting held on July 16, 2014, OCW & NMC have undertaken decision of regularizing unregistered water connections in the city. It was decided in the meeting that to reduce the severity or bring flexibility to the rules as per Clause 29 of NMC’s Water Rate By-law 2009 regarding regularization of unregistered consumers, the consumers who are currently availing water illegally should be declared “Unmetered Consumers” and should be taken on official records. This was an opportunity for citizens to legalize/ regularize their water connections.

Meanwhile, NMC-OCW has appealed the unauthorized consumers to extend necessary cooperation to the officers visiting them for regularization. Also, if they have not yet been approached by any of the officers, they should contact their respective zone office and submit the necessary documents to get the unauthorized connections regularized.

It must be mentioned here, having an authorized/registered water connection is a matter of pride for every vigilant citizen. NMC and OCW officials have requested the citizens of Nagpur to co-operate during these drives and grab this golden opportunity to get the connections regularized.

‘Pay Your Water Bill on Time’
OCW-NMC has appealed citizen/ consumers to pay the water bill on scheduled time to avoid any kind of inconvenience or problems. The bill payment facility is available at all Customer Service Centre located at zonal offices of NMC-OCW. Citizens can now also pay their bills online on www.ocwindia.com.

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