Gujranwala: The Water and Sanitation Authority (WASA) Gujranwala has finalized its plan to recover PKR 1 billion from defaulters of sewerage bills by cutting their sewerage lines, a news source reported. According to WASA, over 250,000 people in Gujranwala do not pay their sewerage bills.
WASA Gujranwala offers sewerage services to around 2.3 million people in the city and charges PKR 180 per household on a quarterly basis, even though only 5% of these citizens pay their bills. This has amounted to pending bill payments of over PKR 1 billion.
Now WASA is planning on launching a crackdown against these bill defaulters. They will start by severing the sewerage connections to the localities where the bill-recovery ratio is comparatively low. WASA officials have made it clear that they will not ask each household individually to clear their pending bills, but will instead terminate their sewerage connection till people pay up.
Reportedly, WASA has sent several notices to defaulters in the past to clear their pending dues, however they have failed to make any recoveries so far.