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KOCHI: The anti-theft squad of the Kerala Water Authority on Tuesday slapped a fine and additional water charge of Rs. 2.32 lakh on a hotel near the South Railway station for an unauthorised connection and tampering with the water meter of the existing two connections.
A day earlier, the squad had seized six motors connected to the main supply line of the KWA in Fort Kochi.
In these cases too, fines were imposed. Motors fitted on the main pipeline create air-paths because of the suction during non-pumping time and also pose the threat of contaminating the water.
Assistant executive engineer, K. M. Siddique, in-charge of the anti-theft squad, said that so far Rs. 18 lakh has been assessed as additional water charges in 38 cases registered by the squad from January.
Last year, the squad had found out 268 water theft cases.
However, the amount realised last year was only Rs. 20 lakh as new charges and amendments came in late last year.
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