Mumbai: Water supply to Mulund station, railway colony could be cut if pending bills not paid

Water supply for Mulund railway station and its adjoining railway colony could be cut if two pending bills are not paid.

According to Mid-Day, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has slapped a notice of Rs 9 crore to Mulund railway station and the railway colony, for the dues. The notice which was slapped by the BMC to the Assistant Divisional Engineer, Central Railway Mumbai said that two pending bills of Rs 6.4 crore and Rs 2.2 crore must be paid by May 2019 or else the water supply to the station and the colony will be disconnected.

The BMC hydraulic department’s data shows that the top top defaulters on water charges as of January 30, 2019 are Central and Western Railways. The Central and Western Railways owes BMC Rs 422 crore for last year. A senior civic official told the leading daily, “Some money in the bills is claimed to be disputed. The other issues are technical and the railways tell us they will pay as per the amount allotted to them in their budget. The usual procedure is to send reminders and notices to recover the pending bills and get in amnesty schemes to help the defaulters.”

But the Central Railway has said that no bills are pending. A Central Railway spokesperson told the leading daily, “They are paid and the matter is resolved at the regular joint meetings between the two bodies. Mulund is an exception,”

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