RTI reveals water supply getting expensive under private operator
The reply to an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act has revealed that the expenses on water supply have drastically increased since the operation and maintenance works have been transferred to private operators. The reply given by the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) states that the tasks were handed over to Orange City Water Private Limited (OCWL), a joint venture of Veolia Water and Vishvaraj Environment, in December, 2011.
The data provided show that in 2010-11, the revenue of NMC was Rs 85.29 crore whereas the expenditure stood at Rs 83.15 crore showing net profit. The revenue in 2011-12 was recorded as Rs 77.31 crore while the expenses increased to Rs 122.19 crore indicating towards a heavy loss for the department.