Hyderabad: As many as 25 criminal cases have been booked against people for illegally “re-opening” their disconnected water supply connections in different divisions of the Water Board in the last three months. A special drive was taken up in the last 15 days and 12 additional cases were booked.
ccording to Water Board officials, as per Section 32 of the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board Act, 1989, a minimum fine of Rs 1,000 will be imposed and the maximum fine can go up to Rs 5,000.
However, proposals to increase the fine amount have been pending with the state government for years now.
Once the motors are confiscated, the Water Board will impose the fine and also track down the Consumer Account Number.
This year so far, 200 motors have been seized.
The Board also gives such “water thieves” an opportunity to regularise their connections....