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‘Water thieves’ duped by thieves Saturday, May 19, 2001
Ahmedabad, May 18: Three unidentified persons posing as AMC officials of the water department have been collecting fines under the pretext of “illegal water connection” from various bungalows in the Paldi area.
This team had been to the Jain Merchant Society near Ankur School on Thursday morning during the water supply timing. According to the residents of this society they came early morning and started checking the water connections.
Kshitij Surendrabhai of Jain Merchant society said, “They asked me to pay Rs 1,460 as penalty for motoring water and Rs 350 for having two connections instead of one. They also gave us a receipt hence we had to pay the amount.” Pradeep Shah had to pay Rs 1,200 for illegal connection.
Mr Pradeep said they came with equipment and said that if the money is not paid the connection will be cut off immediately. “Most of the society members have paid the money and in just two hours they must have collected more than Rs 10,000,” he added.
A few members who could not pay the money were asked to pay it on Friday morning. The members of the society gathered on Friday morning along with their corporators but the trio didn’t turn up.
The receipt given to the members of the society is actually a page from the attendance muster of the AMCs water department. The municipal corporator of Paldi area, Deepak Bhatt said that in last 15 days this team has been visiting various societies including Ashoknagar and Uttamnagar. Each time they go they collect more than 10,000 rupees.
“People should note that few employees of the corporation have been printing duplicate receipt books and collecting money. Whenever such people ask them for money they should immediately contact the municipal commissioner or report at the nearby police station,” Mr Bhatt ended.
News Source : The AsianAge Ahmedabad Edition [ The coolest Newspaper for city ]