MUNICIPAL ADMINISTRATION ORDINANCE,
[ORDINANCE X OF 1960]
(PROVISIONS FOR WATER SUPPLY BY MUNICIPAL COMMITTEES)
Sections 52 and 53 of Chapter II and Article 29 Fourth Schedule appended to Municipal Administration Ordinance, 1960, which contain provisions for water supply and private sources of water supply by Municipal Committees, are reproduced below:
52. Supply.—(1) A Municipal Committee shall, within the limits of the funds at its disposal, provide, or cause to be provided, to the Municipality a supply of wholesome water sufficient for public and private purposes.
(2) Municipal Committee may, and if required by the Controlling Authority shall, in the prescribed manner, frame and execute a water supply scheme for the construction and maintenance of such works for the provision, storage and distribution of water as may be necessary.
(3) Where a piped water supply is provided, the Municipal Committee may supply water to private and public premises in such manner and on payment of such charges as the bye-laws may provide.
53. Private sources of water supply.— (1) All private sources of water supply within a municipality shall be subject to control, regulation and inspection by the Municipal Committee.
(2) No new well, water pump or any other sources of water for drinking purposes shall be dug constructed, or provided except with the sanction of Municipal Committee.
(3) A Municipal Committee may by source require the owner or any person having the control of any private source of water supply used for drinking purposes—
(a) to keep the same in good order and to clear it from time to time of silt, refuse and decaying matter;
(b) to protect the same from contamination in such manner as the Municipal Committee may direct; and
(c) if the water therein is proved to the satisfaction of the Municipal Committee to be unfit for drinking purposes, to take such measures as may be specified in the notice to prevent the use of such water for drinking purpose.
MATTERS RESPECTING WHICH RULES MAY BE FRAMED BY MUNICIPAL COMMITTEES
(See section 121)
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(a) The preparation and enforcement of water supply schemes.
(b) The manner for the laying out of the water mains and pipes in streets.
(c) The maintenance of water-works.
No Rules have so far been framed in exercise of powers conferred by Article 29 Fourth Schedule read with section 122 of the Municipal administration Ordinance, 1960.
NOTIFICATION ABOUT REGULATION OF WATER RATES BY MUNICIPAL COMMITTEES
Notification No. 718-BD/69, dated 6th April, 1970.(It continues in force in Punjab, Sindh, NWFP and Balochistan under P.O. No.1 of 1970) — In pursuance of the provisions contained in sections 33 and 34 of the Municipal Administration Ordinance, 1960 (Ordinance X of 1960) read with Rule 7 of the West Pakistan Municipal Committees (Imposition of Taxes) Rules, 1960 and in accordance with powers delegated by Government of West Pakistan, vide their Notification No. S.O. II (LG), 3.727)/69, dated 1st October 1969, the Commissioner, Hyderabad Division is pleased to accord sanction to the regulation b Municipal Committee Mirpurkhas of the water rates as mentioned in the Schedule appended to the notification for charging tax.
The rates shall come into force with effect from 15th April, 1970.
1 DOMESTIC RATES (a) UNMETERED SERVICE
1. THE DOMESTRIC RATE FOR WATER CONNECTIONS SHALL BE AS FOLLOWS:
(a) ¼” dia water connection……… Rs. 60 per annum.
(b) ½” dia water connection ……….. Rs. 120 per annum
(c) ¾” dia water connection…….. Rs. 180 per annum
2. DOMESTIC RATES (b) METERED SERVICE
(1) All domestic connections of 1” dia or above shall invariably be metered.
(2) The Chairman or his authorized agent in cases of large consumption or waste of water by giving them one month’s call upon the connection holders irrespective of the size of connection to have their services metered and in case of non-compliance of the orders may stop or cut off the connection.
(3) The domestic rates for all metered connections shall be Rs. 2 per 1,000 gallons (Imperial).
(4) In the event of a dispute having arisen on the point whether a particular connection is domestic or non-domestic the decision of the Chairman shall be final.
(1) A non-domestic connection of ¾” dia or above invariably be metered.
(2) In cae of non-compliance of these provisions of Chairman or his authorized agent may stop or cutt off the connection.
(3) The water charges ½” dia or less for non-domestic use shall be double the domestic rates.
(4) The non-domestic rates for all metered connections shall be Rs. 3 per 1,000 gallons (Imperial)
III. METERED SERVICE:
(i) The cost of meter including its installation, construction of chamber and further maintenance of the chamber will be borne by the consumer.
(ii) The meter when supplied by the connection holder will conform to the specifications as may be prescribed by the Municipal Committee, from time to time and will be tested by the Municipal Committee and sealed before it is installed.
(iii) The fee for testing and sealing of meter (both initial and subsequent) whch will be done by the Municipal Committee will be chargeable from the consumer as follows:–
(1) Testing of meter … Rs. 5 per each meter.
(2) Sealing of meter … Rs. 1 per each meter.
(iv) The charges for repairs to the meters which go out of order for any reasons shall be borne by the owner of the connection who will put meter in working order within 30 days from the date of receipt of the notice; in case of failure to do so his connection will be cut off.
(v) The quantity of water shown by the meter shall be prima facie evidence of the quantity consumed but when the meter goes out of order, the period until it is repaired, shall be taken at the same figure as that the corresponding month in the previous year; provided that if the meter had worked for part of the month during which it goes out or order or during which it is repaired, the consumption shall be based on the consumption during the part of the month during which the meter has worked: provided further that for special reasons Chief Officer or the Engineer concerned may take such steps as may appeal reasonable to him to assess the quantity of water consumed and his decision be binding on the connection holder.
(vi) The Chairman shall be authorized to get any connection metered irrespective of size of the pipe and meter of the service.