The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Tuesday cleared the way for Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Dwasa) to collect additional water tariff from its customers.
Chamber Judge of the Appellate Division, Justice Md Nuruzzaman passed the order that put a stay of 16 weeks on a High Court order directing the utility to refrain from collecting increased water tariff until Aug 10.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam stood for WASA while Barrister Anik R Haque stood for the petitioner.
In light of the SC’s ruling, the WASA has no barrier to collect extra 25 percent tariff from its customers, said Advocate Tanvir Ahmed.
Earlier, on June 22, the HC issued an order, restricting Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Dwasa) from collecting increased water tariff until Aug 10.
Wasa's 25 percent hiked tariff has been in effect since April 1.
Justice M Enayetur Rahim's issued the embargo after holding a virtual hearing on a writ petition.
On June 15, Advocate Tanvir Ahmed filed a writ petition challenging Wasa's decision to hike tariff without improving its services.
On April 1, Wasa increased the 25 percent water tariff for residential users and 8 percent for commercial users.
With the application of the new tariff, a thousand liters of water would cost a residential customer Tk 14.46 taka, rising a shade under Tk 3 from the present Tk 11.57. The same amount for commercial users would, with its new tariff, cost Tk 40 from the existing Tk 37.4 for commercial users.