Wa­ter sup­plied from Me­gay­pang treat­ment plant not me­tered caus­ing rev­enue loss: RAA

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Sonam Pen­jor

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.

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