KWSB cell to generate revenue from slums

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Karachi: The Karachi Water & Sewerage Board (KWSB) has established the Katchi Abadi Revenue Generation Cell (KARGC) to improve revenue generation from commercial consumers and residents of Katchi Abadis (slums). This step has been taken to ensure financial stability of the water board, the KWSB announced on Wednesday.

The city has been divided into two zones: East-A and West-B. KWSB Managing Director (MD) Misbahuddin Farid has appointed senior water board officers Mehmood Qadir and Jawaid Shamim as the zonal heads of East-A and West-B, respectively.

Within the next three months, the KARGC will formulate a strategy for recovering and completing the tax-net bio-data for consumers of slums.

Farid has directed KWSB Revenue deputy managing director to provide the KARGC with all information and necessary staff required for the newly-established cell, which will report directly to the KWSB chief.

The cell will also get in touch with Sindh Katchi Abadi Department, Karachi Metropolitan Corporationís Katchi Abadi Authority, Goth Abad Department, and other government and semi-government organisations working to develop slums to compile a comprehensive record of all legal and illegal slums in the city.

The field staff and officers of the Revenue Department will survey the slums, unplanned localities and Goths (villages) in the city to bring them into the recovery net. If necessary, the KARGC will also conduct a community-based, private survey to bring thousands of consumers in slums under the tax-net. The cell will also ensure proper billing in these areas and motivate the consumers to pay their bills regularly.

The KARGC will conduct research as well and propose the need, if necessary, for outsourcing recovery of revenue from the slums. However, the KWSB chief has the discretion to accept or reject the proposal.

The KARGC has been directed to submit their report to the MDís Secretariat within seven business days. The KWSB chief has also requested the citizens to pay their water bills regularly. He said that compared with other utility bills, the water bills were generally low. Therefore, he added, consumers should pay their bills on time to bring financial stability to the cash-strapped water board.

Courtesy: The News


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