Karnataka: BWSSB – Achievements during 2015-16

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Rainwater Harvesting

  • Rain water and ground water are important components of the hydrological cycle. At an average rainfall of 750 mm per year the total available rain water will be 33TMC in 1250 sq.km. area of Greater Bengaluru.
  • The Board can utilize 5 to 10 TMC of rain water that falls in and around the city by utilising the benefits of the complete remodelled storm water drains by BBMP, ensuring collection of all the sewage in the sewerage network so that all the sewage is taken to the treatment plants.
  • The rain water collected in shafts, galleries and lakes through the storm water drain network will help in revival of the depleted groundwater level.
  • About 30% of the treated effluent from the sewage treatment plants is led to the Lakes for dilution with rain water.
  • Water that percolates into ground from these lakes increases the ground water level in vadose and phreatic zones.
  • For studying the feasibility a consultancy has been entrusted and by the end of 2016 the DPR will be ready.

Financial Position of the Board

  • The major source of Revenue is from Water user Charges collected from the consumers.
  • In addition to this, the Board generates revenue from other sources like Sanitary charges, prorata charges, borewell charges and bulk water supply to areas of Kanakapura Town and Tataguni grama panchayat.
  • The Board is executing some major capital intensive works like Cauvery Water Supply Scheme Stage IV Phase II, Greater Bengaluru Water Supply and Karnataka Municipal Reforms Works with the assistance of Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and World Bank.
  • The capital source of funds for this project is from JICA, Govt. of Karnataka, World Bank and Beneficiaries of this project. Some of the major heads of expenditures of the Board are power charges payable to BESCOM and
    CHESCOM, maintenance of bore wells in the city, and debt servicing of the loans borrowed towards projects executed by the Board in addition to committed expenditure like Establishment charges and Operation and
    Maintenance charges of the assets of the Board.

1. Revenue and Expenditure Position

a. The monthly Water Revenue Demand is about Rs.90.00 Crore during FY 2015- 16
b. The monthly Water Revenue Collection is about Rs.80.00 Crore during FY 2015-16 and the expected Annual Revenue from      all sources is Rs.1228.21 Crore.
c. The monthly Revenue Expenditure is Rs. 138.75 Crore towards all expenditures including repayment of Government Loan          Principal and Interest components and the expected Annual Expenditure is Rs.1665.07 Crore.
d. The Revenue gapis Rs.36.00 Cr per month and the Annual Revenue gap is Rs.436.00 Cr
e. The gap is due to increase in power tariff, increase in maintenance costs and other administration costs.

2. Loan Position

  • The total loan sanctioned by Government of Karnataka for various projects including CWSS IV Stage, Phase I & CWSS Stage IV Phase II stands at Rs.3272.95 crore as at the end of 31st March 2014 (audited by AG).
  • The total Outstanding Loans as at the end of 31st March 2015 is Rs.3597.36 Crore.
  • The total interest payable on these loans is Rs.2085.72 Crore as at the end of 31st March 2015.
  • The outstanding loans borrowed from institutions like LIC and KUIDFC is to the extent of Rs.155.87 Crore at the end of 31st March 2015.

3. Due to financial constraints and accumulated deficit coupled with subsidized water being supplied to the economically vulnerable sections of the society, which is a major strain on the finances, the Board could not discharge the loan liability of the Government.

The existing tariff is able to recover only O&M cost. Unless tariff recovers the cost of debt from the general public, the Board
will not be in a position to repay the loan, as BWSSB is not receiving any budgetary support from GoK.

4. BWSSB is also supplying water through public taps. No revenue is generated out of Public Taps.

The Board has not received the water dues to the extent of Rs.207.64 crores out of which Rs.8.00 core is due from BDA and Rs.154.00 Crores is due from BBMP on account of public taps.

In spite of efforts the revenue dues have not been realized from BDA and BBMP.

5. Further, the Board is entrusted with maintenance of bore well’s in the city. The bore well’s hitherto maintained by BBMP/ CMC’s are now handed over to BWSSB.

The total Power Charges for pumping water to the city including energisation of these bore wells works out to Rs.394.97 Crore per annul which consumes half of the Revenue Income of the Board.

6. The present revenue of the Board is insufficient to meet the debt servicing. However the Board is discharging all institutional debts out of Board revenue itself. 

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