Bhaktapur faces water shortage as suppliers go on strike

- RASTRIYA SAMACHAR SAMITI, Bhaktapur

Jul 22, 2018-

A shortage of water has hit Bhaktapur after the local water supply entrepreneurs stopped work in protest of the periodic tax imposed by Changunarayan Municipality on water jars and bottled water produced in the district.

The Nepal Bottled Water Industry Association Bhaktapur regional committee stopped production and supply of water jars and bottled water in protest against what they say the imposition of the recurrent tax on bottled water.

The entrepreneurs have become agitated after the municipality contracted out the tax collection to a private party.

President of the agitating association Subas Bhandari said they do not have any objection to imposition of tax on entrepreneurs producing and supplying processed water. “But we have strong objection to the imposition of periodic tax by contracting out the tax collection,” he said.

The entrepreneurs are ready to pay the tax in lump sum to the municipality, Bhandari said, but it was improper to impose ‘export tax’ on water through contractor at multiple places.

Municipality’s Mayor Som Prasad Mishra said they had been charging tax on water also in the past and insisted that the entrepreneurs pay the tax as decided by the Municipality Council on the recommendation of the Revenue Advisory Committee which also has a representative from the District Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The water produced here is supplied to consumers in Bhaktapur as well as in other districts of Kathmandu Valley.

Published: 22-07-2018 07:31

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