Reboot Public Utilities

Reboot Public Utilities

Basic utilities like water and electricity are the bare minimum resources needed to achieve a decent standard of living. Kolkatans are suffering due to the collapse of the public municipality system.

Electricity bill constitutes a significant amount of one’s household budget. Two operators, privatisation of electricity in Kolkata and the second highest power tariff in India with Rs. 8 per unit has only made it more problematic for a middle class family. The monopolistic control of the CESC in Kolkata allows them to extort any price that suits them, while the citizens are left with no alternative. It is incumbent on the administration to protect its citizens from such market monopoly and provide 24x7 Affordable Power for All, but we have heard nothing from them yet. Why? What is the nexus between them?

Kolkata is dangerously close to facing a groundwater crisis but the vicious private players are all patronised by elected officials ensuring they make money in the management of groundwater distribution. Due to this, the poorer population, who cannot afford these services, are left helpless. In summers, the residents of Kolkata have to pay KMC tankers for water delivery quite often, ensuring that the common man lines up the pockets of the municipal corporation, to access basic facilities.

Have you also been considering moving to another metro due to the increasing cost of living? Time for us to collectively raise our voice. For the sake of our fellow citizens who are denied a voice.For the sake of Kolkata, to Reboot Kolkata.

Basic utilities like water and electricity are the bare minimum resources needed to achieve a decent standard of living. Kolkatans are suffering due to the collapse of the public municipality system.

Electricity bill constitutes a significant amount of one’s household budget. Two operators, privatisation of electricity in Kolkata and the second highest power tariff in India with Rs. 8 per unit has only made it more problematic for a middle class family. The monopolistic control of the CESC in Kolkata allows them to extort any price that suits them, while the citizens are left with no alternative. It is incumbent on the administration to protect its citizens from such market monopoly and provide 24x7 Affordable Power for All, but we have heard nothing from them yet. Why? What is the nexus between them?

Kolkata is dangerously close to facing a groundwater crisis but the vicious private players are all patronised by elected officials ensuring they make money in the management of groundwater distribution. Due to this, the poorer population, who cannot afford these services, are left helpless. In summers, the residents of Kolkata have to pay KMC tankers for water delivery quite often, ensuring that the common man lines up the pockets of the municipal corporation, to access basic facilities.

Have you also been considering moving to another metro due to the increasing cost of living? Time for us to collectively raise our voice. For the sake of our fellow citizens who are denied a voice.For the sake of Kolkata, to Reboot Kolkata.

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