Water suppliers warn of service closure

- RASTRIYA SAMACHAR SAMITI, Kathmandu

Aug 21, 2018-

Tanker entrepreneurs supplying drinking water in the Capital have demanded that local governments revoke transportation tax, warning that imposition of taxes under various headings could hit consumers and enterprises.

Addressing a press conference in the Capital on Monday, coordinator of Tanker Operators’ Joint Struggle Committee Ujjwol Shakya lambasted the imposition of additional tax on the entrepreneurs on top of business and income taxes.

Moreover, the committee has also demanded that the government secure billions of rupees invested by the private sector in water processing and distribution industries which are in operation to reduce drinking water crisis in the Valley.

Around 700 tanker operators have been supplying over 50 million litres of water every day in the Valley.

They warned that such haphazard imposition of taxes would lead to closure of most of the industries, while calling on the government to consider their contribution to the drinking water supplies to Kathmandu denizens even during the rainy season.

The struggle committee comprises six associations of drinking water entrepreneurs: Valley drinking

water source and tanker operators, Valley drinking water boring operators, Nepal water tankers and source entrepreneurs and Nepal water bottle industry. Municipalities in the Valley have started collecting transportation tax in the range of Rs 300 to Rs 500 from this fiscal year.

Published: 21-08-2018 07:43

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