Asked January 29, 2014

Water Tax in Salt Lake Kolkata

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I recently bought an apartment in Salt lake, Kolkata. Do I have to pay any water tax? If I have to, then what are the usage charges?

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Jayanth Ravi

Earlier, The Kolkata Municipal Corporation wasn’t taxing its residents for domestic water supply as it is traditionally a water rich city. But in recent years in a drive to control water wastage and better manage water resources (primary source is the Hooghly river) it has started to tax water supply even for basic domestic use. A new connection will be charged based on the size of the ferrule (size of pipe connecting to water lines), in addition to the road opening and/or restoration fees as the case may be. The latest applicable fees are available on the website of the KMC particularly at

Generally for apartments in large residential complexes, the water is supplied and charged in bulk. The latest rates at which such bulk supply of water is charged is at Rs. 7/- per kilo-litre. Usually the same is recovered by the maintaining authority of a residential complex.


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