Lahore: According to press sources on December 2, the Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) has agreed to increase ‘Augmentation Charges’ for multi-story commercial structures in Lahore by 200 percent. For the rate hike, the authority has already developed a working paper, which will be submitted to the government for final approval.
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WASA Managing Director (MD) Syed Zahid Aziz, according to sources, indicated that the rate changes were recommended in order to collect income for the construction and maintenance of the sewerage system on Ferozpur Road. For a variety of categories, the following rate adjustments have been proposed:
- PKR 600,000 will be charged from one kanal single-storey commercial buildings instead of the previous rate of PKR 200,000
- PKR 650,000 will be charged from one kanal double-storey commercial building instead of PKR 225,000
- PKR 700,000 augmentation charges will be charged from one kanal triple-storey commercial buildings against the previous charges of PKR 250,000
- PKR 800,000 will be charged from one kanal four-storey building instead of previous augmentation charges of PKR 300,000.
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Moreover, in November this year, WASA hired a Chinese firm for the installation of water meters for commercial and domestic users that will also charge increased rates.
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