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Bengaluru’s Nandini Deluxe must pay for water theft: HC


Local authorities levied a bill of INR 24,13,334, which includes a fine of INR 5,000 illegally drawing 48,34,390 litres of waters for almost eight years — from July 2006 to December 2014.

The Bengaluru High Court declined to interfere in the action taken by the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewage Board (BWSSB) against Nandini Deluxe restaurant in RT Nagar in a water theft case. BWSSB issued a notice to the restaurant on March 28, asking it to pay INR 24,13,334, which includes a fine of INR 5,000. BWSSB wanted the entire amount recovered within 15 days. It is alleged that the restaurant illegally drew 48,34,390 litres of waters for almost eight years — from July 2006 to December 2014.

The restaurant had challenged the BWSSB’s final notice, which stated that the sanitary pipeline will be disconnected if the amount is not paid. The restaurant had not responded to earlier notices. The water connection to the restaurant was disconnected on December 4, 2014.

After hearing the matter on Monday, Justice A S Bopanna referred the matter to appellate authority provided under Section 120 of the BWSSB Act.

According to the petition, Nandini Deluxe Restaurant is the tenant of the premises No. 163-164 belonging to D A Kalpaja and D A Tejashwini, daughters of D Adikeshavalu, at MLA Layout in RT Nagar.

During routine inspection of the water meter on December 4, 2014, BWSSB authorities checked the water supply connection to the restaurant. It was then noticed that the valve near the meter was closed. However, when the sump cover was opened, it was observed that water was flowing with full force into the sump.

The pipeline before the meter point in the cellar floor was immediately checked and it was found that a valve was provided to control the flow of water. On closing this valve, the supply to the sump stopped. It was found that a brick masonry pillar was constructed to cover the unauthorised pipeline.

After the investigation, it was confirmed that the restaurant was stealing water, causing loss of revenue to the BWSSB – a violation of Section 108 A of the BWSSB Act, 1964.

Assistant Executive Engineer, Water Supply and Sanitary Sub Division (North East), Channabasavaiah, initiated the necessary legal action.

According to the complaint lodged at RT Nagar police station by BWSSB, locals complained of water flowing on the road near petrol bunk on RT Nagar main road continuously. While checking the leakage, the BWSSB checked all nearby buildings when they found water oozing from the ramp of the restaurant’s ground floor.

Source: New Indian Express

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