Water supplied from Megaypang treatment plant not metered causing revenue loss: RAA
Though the water supplied by the Thimphu Thromde has to be installed with the water meter, however, the Royal Audit Authority ( RAA) found during the auditing period from 2010 to 2016, that the water meters were not installed for the water supplied from Megaypang water treatment plant in South Thimphu.
Performance audit report on provision of drinking water in Thimphu Thromde 2017 states that Thromde’s drinking water supplied to Babesa, Lungtenphu and Olakha from Megaypang water treatment plant since November 2014 was never charged.
The report also states that commercial car washing units did not have water meters installed despite having Thromde’s water supply; thereby there was a loss of government revenue amounting to Nu. 20.37m.
However, an official from Thimphu Thromde said that upon the recommendation made by the RAA, the water metering has been completed and the bills have been raised for Babesa, Lungtenphu and Olakha areas.
The report states that Thimphu Thromde had provided drinking water connections to these carwashing units despite the fact that there are some areas with frequent drinking water shortages.
On cross verification of water bills vis- à- vis meters found installed at the car- washing units during the site visit, out of nine, it was found out that the water charges for eight car- washing units were not levied till date of audit and the remaining one was found not metered. The car washing units have been using treated drinking water for washing cars. Moreover, these units are charging people without paying any charges to the government, stated the report.
Thromde official said that meters have been installed for commercial car washing units having municipality’s water supply and bills are raised.
Currently there are 28 commercial carwashing units in Thimphu Thromde. Out of 28 units, nine are provided with Thromde’s water supply and rests have their own private water connections.
Meanwhile, Thimphu Thromde had constructed water treatment plant, service tanks, and distribution lines for Babesa, Lungtenphu Local Area Plan ( LAP) and Olakha under loan financed by Asian Development Bank Project.
The water treatment plant is located at Chamgang known as Megaypang water treatment plant. The construction of the treatment plant and the water distribution network had incurred total expenditure of more than Nu. 338m.
The water supply system was commissioned on 23rd November 2014 and the water supply was provided to the residents of the designated areas since then, stated the report.
Although, the Water Act of Bhutan 2011 requires the Thromde to impose and collect water supply service charges, water disposal service charges and other service fees as prescribed, however, the report stated that charges were never levied and collected from Babesa, Lungtenphu and Olakha as of June 2017.
As a result of not levying water and sewerage charges, there is a loss of government revenue amounting to Nu. 20.365m that was calculated from 23rd November 2014 to 2017 based on production at the water treatment plant recorded as per bulk meter, stated the report.
As a result of not levying water and sewerage charges, there is a loss of government revenue amounting to Nu.20.365m that was calculated from 23rd November 2014 to 2017.