After JUSCO failure, MCC again mulls privatising water supply
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After JUSCO failure, MCC again mulls privatising water supply

January 24, 2023

Mysuru: Water supply to Mysuru city by Vani Vilas Water Works (VVWW) has not been effective and comprehensive all these years despite crores of rupees being pumped into the system and the supply network being handed over to private players in the past. Activists and civic experts have always criticised the VVWW for not being professional.

In the past, the much-touted 24×7 water supply remained a dream even after spending more than Rs. 160 crore by Jamshedpur Utilities and Services Company (JUSCO) and thanks to the ego clash with the officers of the Mysuru City Corporation (MCC), Corporators and other elected representatives, JUSCO abandoned the water supply project.

After a tripartite contract between MCC, Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board and JUSCO, JUSCO was assigned to supply water 24×7. But in 2013, JUSCO left the project, blaming excessive control of the VVWW by Corporators and elected representatives.

Now, again the MCC is thinking of handing over the task of water supply to a private company to save the consumers from inconvenience. Water supply has already been managed by private companies in Mangaluru and Bengaluru and the MCC wants to replicate the system.

Sources from the MCC told Star of Mysore that if the supply is handed over to a private company, it can be efficiently managed even at the time when there is a power crisis during summer. The contract with the private party will be entered into for a three-year period and the company will be responsible for supply and set right all the anomalies, sources added.

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Mayor, Commissioner moot idea

As per the agreement that is proposed, the private firm will also maintain water purifying units and chlorination, Mayor said.

The same model has successfully been implemented in Mangaluru. Sources added that the idea will be floated before officers, elected representatives and other stakeholders, confirmed Mayor Shivakumar. 

 If at all the water supply contract is handed over to a private company, the financial burden on the MCC will be more and the supply cost will go up.

 “At present, the MCC or the VVWW spends Rs. 4 crore to Rs. 5 crore every month to maintain the water supply. This expense will be more once the private firm starts managing the water supply. Already a couple of private companies have come forward to professionally run and maintain the supply network. We have asked them to come up with proposals including cost factor, bill collection, expenditure factor and maintenance costs. We will have to discuss the pros and cons before the private party is entrusted with the responsibility,” MCC Commissioner G. Lakshmikantha Reddy said.

 According to officers from VVWW, the city consumes 300 MLD (million litres per day) of water and as of now, there is no shortage. “40 MLD is being pumped from Belagola supply station, 115 MLD from Hongalli, 85 from Meghalapura, and 60 MLD water is being supplied from Kabini,” officers said.

ONE COMMENT ON THIS POST To “After JUSCO failure, MCC again mulls privatising water supply”

  1. Gautam says:

    Despite what Barmy Shenoy prattles in another article, he always craves for attention, and boasts about his experience in Georgia, a former USSR territory where he was involved in gas supply network, thinking that he is an expert on matters of privatisation.
    If a utility like water supply has been under the public authorities since the inception of the utility, Privatisation means , private companies would like to take the responsibilities of supplying water, maintaining the network etc.., and discovering that the long network of water carrying pipes need to replaced, as always, in many sections, they would demand the funds -subsidy, from the MCC and other bodies, on the top pf the investments needed for running and maintenance. They know that without the hefty subsidy, they do not want to risk their money.
    In almost all cases of privatised utilities in the world, the bills paid by the customers double or even triple. without any improvement of the supply situation.

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