Vadodara, May 04 Chirag Zaveri, the Leader of the Opposition in the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC), has sought information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act about the consultants who were roped in for a master plan to solve water woes in the city.
Zaveri said he submitted an application recently, as no information was divulged despite several demands made to the corporation in this regard earlier. “Under RTI Sections (8) and (9), I have demanded details about appointed consultants as well as their fees for charting out water distribution master plan,” he said, adding that the problem has worsened, with some areas getting water once a day.
“The budget for water distribution is over Rs 35 crore. But the development in the water distribution is not evident,” he said. “Three new tanks at Subhanpura, Ajwa Road and Manjhalpur areas have come up and information regarding the water distribution from the tanks to other zones in the city has also been sought,” Zaveri added.
Even as the VMC has allotted around Rs 4 crore for consultancy in the water distribution this year, water-related problems still persist in most parts of the city, he said, adding that while water charges have spiralled from Rs 180 to Rs 750 a month, the situation continues to deteriorate. The costs of newly-installed pipelines and new tanks have also been sought from the civic body, he said.
The VMC had appointed Tata Consultancy Services around 10 years ago to chart out a master plan on the water distribution system. Later, many other consultancy services were also roped in the following years.