Rawalpindi: The Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) recently recovered PKR 37.48 million in amount accrued during the first two quarters of the current fiscal year by blocking the sewerage lines of chronic defaulters, according to news sources.
As many as 200 sewerage connections have been blocked, and the defaulters have been warned that they will need to clear their dues before their sewerage lines are unblocked.
WASA took this step after the non-payment of utility bills, which do not exceed PKR 140 per month, caused a financial crises within the government authority. The department spokesperson Umer Farooq assured the press that defaulters would be offered easy instalment plans to clear their outstanding bills , if they could not afford to pay the amount owed in full.
This drive against chronic defaulters was executed by special teams, who implore people to pay their dues voluntarily, with a waived surcharges as an incentive. Spokesperson Farooq added that WASA had launched a survey to upgrade its data, as may properties listed as private houses were acting in a commercial capacity and would be charged accordingly.
Wasa Managing Director Mohammad Tanveer recently issued instructions for car wash stations to recycle water through treatment plants, as per Supreme Court orders. In case of non-compliance, these service stations will have to face legal penalties.