More than 600 factories across Rajkot city, which are functioning without building use permission, will now get water connection. The Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) Standing Committee has passed a resolution in this regard, despite protests from the Opposition Congress.
Local body sanctions water connection only if the building has a completion certificate of building use permission sanctioned by the civic body. This permission is denied where any rules related to town planning has been violated during the construction.
But following strong representation from the industries, the Standing Committee has now given a nod to sanction them a water connection.
As per the resolution passed by the Standing Committee on Saturday, a sum of Rs 2,000 will be charged as deposit fee, and Rs 5,000 as administrative fee for each connection. The tariff will be on industrial rates.
“This is for the development of the industries,” said Standing Committee Chairman Narendra Solanki.
The Congress has, however, put a strong objection against the resolution. Opposition leader Atul Rajani said, “These factories violate the town planning rules and the RMC is rewarding them with water connections.”
The ruling BJP has, however, said that the issue concerns more than 600 factories, most of them functioning on a small-scale basis. Besides, RMC is not giving them any relaxation in rates and taxes while approving the water connections.