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Water Resource Department is responsible for implementing the State Water Policy. The State Water Policy has the following prioritisation

  1. 1) Drinking Water and domestic use
  2. 2) Ecology
  3. 3) Irrigation, Agriculture and other related activities including fisheries
  4. 4) Hydropower
  5. 5) Industries including Agro Industries
  6. 6) Navigation and other uses such as Tourism

Department of Water Resources also allocate water for industrial use and is responsible for collection of taxes/ licence fees from such industrial, commercial and other users. As part of ease of doing business, Department of Water Resources intends to automate the process of allocation of water, raising of demand and collection of water rate from the concerned users. This initiative would, apart from bringing in transparency, provide user friendly, error free and human-interface free services to stakeholders.

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Industrial Water Consumption

As per the provisions of the Orissa Irrigation Rules, 1961(amended from time to time), Clause 23-A(2), the Govt. in its Water Resources Department shall be the competent authority to grant license under the provisions of the Act to industrial, commercial and other establishment on application and in the following manner, namely:-

(A) The application shall be submitted in Form “J” by the industrial, commercial or other establishment personally or by registered post to the Secretary of the Water Resources Department or any other officer authorized on his behalf for drawal of water from Government water source, along with a processing fee of rupees one thousand in the shape of Bank draft drawn in favour of Secretary or any other officer of the Water Resources Department authorized by the Secretary in writing ;

(B) the applicant shall furnish with the application a Bank draft from a Nationalized Bank, representing a security deposit for an amount calculated at the rate of one lakh and fifty thousand rupees for every cusec of water applied, drawn in favour of the officer referred to in clause (a), and if the application is refused the amount will be refunded to the applicant or if the application is allowed the same will be adjusted against the demand for the use of water;

(C) on receipt of the application, the Secretary of the Department shall send the same to the Water Allocation Committee, for its consideration, and the Committee shall, after such enquiry as it may consider necessary, return the application along with its recommendation either for grant or for refusal; preferably within a period of three months;

(D) on receipt of the recommendation; the Government in its Water Resources Department shall make an order either to refuse the application or to allow it, wholly or partly, with such conditions and restrictions as it may specify,

(E) the order shall be communicated in writing to the applicant as far as practicable within a period of six months from the date of receipt of the application and where the application is allowed, the applicant shall be asked to execute an agreement in Form 'K' with the concerned Executive Engineer within the date specified in the said order and the said agreement shall be binding on both the parties and shall be executed at the cost of the applicant and that the drawing of water from Natural water source shall be made only after execution of the agreement;

(F) License fees shall be charged and collected at the rate as specified in the Schedule-III per unit quantity of water actually drawn or allocated whichever is higher and shall be enhanced at the rate of ten per centum per annum with effect from the first day of April;
Provided that the State Government may, in public interest, by notification in the Odisha Gazette, further revise the rates of license fees as and when it is considered necessary;

(G) the state govt. in its DoWR may grant concession from the payment of water rate to any industrial, commercial or other establishment as may be considered necessary pursuant to Industrial - Policy Resolutions of the State;

(H) the Executive Engineer shall assess the water rate to be charged per unit quantity of water drawn or allocated whichever is higher and where drawal of water is more than the allocated quantity, without prejudice to charging a penal rate at six times the rate prescribed in Schedule on the quantity of excess drawal in addition to the water rate charged for the allocated quantity, such excess drawal shall not be permissible beyond six months, within which, the licencee shall have to apply for a higher allocation of water with reasons and where the licencee fails to so apply for such higher allocation or where the licencee is refused for such higher allocation, the agreement shall be liable to be cancellation and the water supply shall be stopped thereafter;

(I) the Executive Engineer shall assess the water rate to be charged per unit quantity of water drawn or allocated whichever is higher and issue demand notice within the first week of every month in Form “V” and the assesses shall make payment of the required water rate within that month and, on default, monthly compound interest at the rate of two per centum shall be charged;

(J) in case of any defect or non-functioning of the Flow Meter, the licencee shall bring the fact to the notice of the concerned Executive Engineer forthwith and take appropriate steps to remove the defects in the Meter or for replacement thereof within a period of three months and in such cases the water rate shall be charged on the quantity of water allocated for the said period of three months or till the defect in the Meter is removed or the Meter is replaced, as the case may be, whichever is earlier, and where the licencee fails to bring the defect or non- functioning of the Meter to the notice of the Executive Engineer or fails to remove the defects in the Meter or to replace the same, as the case may be, within a period of three months, the agreement shall be liable to cancellation and thereafter the water supply shall be stopped; For details, Orissa Irrigation Rules, 1961(amended from time to time) may be followed.

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As per the provisions of the Orissa Irrigation Rules, 1961(amended from time to time), Clause 23-A(2), the Govt. in its Water Resources Department shall be the competent authority to grant license under the provisions of the Act to industrial, commercial and other establishment on application and in the following manner, namely:-

(A) The application shall be submitted in Form “J” by the industrial, commercial or other establishment personally or by registered post to the Secretary of the Water Resources Department or any other officer authorized on his behalf for drawal of water from Government water source, along with a processing fee of rupees one thousand in the shape of Bank draft drawn in favour of Secretary or any other officer of the Water Resources Department authorized by the Secretary in writing ;

(B) the applicant shall furnish with the application a Bank draft from a Nationalized Bank, representing a security deposit for an amount calculated at the rate of one lakh and fifty thousand rupees for every cusec of water applied, drawn in favour of the officer referred to in clause (a), and if the application is refused the amount will be refunded to the applicant or if the application is allowed the same will be adjusted against the demand for the use of water;

(C) on receipt of the application, the Secretary of the Department shall send the same to the Water Allocation Committee, for its consideration, and the Committee shall, after such enquiry as it may consider necessary, return the application along with its recommendation either for grant or for refusal; preferably within a period of three months;

(D) on receipt of the recommendation; the Government in its Water Resources Department shall make an order either to refuse the application or to allow it, wholly or partly, with such conditions and restrictions as it may specify,

(E) the order shall be communicated in writing to the applicant as far as practicable within a period of six months from the date of receipt of the application and where the application is allowed, the applicant shall be asked to execute an agreement in Form 'K' with the concerned Executive Engineer within the date specified in the said order and the said agreement shall be binding on both the parties and shall be executed at the cost of the applicant and that the drawing of water from Natural water source shall be made only after execution of the agreement;

(F) License fees shall be charged and collected at the rate as specified in the Schedule-III per unit quantity of water actually drawn or allocated whichever is higher and shall be enhanced at the rate of ten per centum per annum with effect from the first day of April;
Provided that the State Government may, in public interest, by notification in the Odisha Gazette, further revise the rates of license fees as and when it is considered necessary;

(G) the state govt. in its DoWR may grant concession from the payment of water rate to any industrial, commercial or other establishment as may be considered necessary pursuant to Industrial - Policy Resolutions of the State;

(H) the Executive Engineer shall assess the water rate to be charged per unit quantity of water drawn or allocated whichever is higher and where drawal of water is more than the allocated quantity, without prejudice to charging a penal rate at six times the rate prescribed in Schedule on the quantity of excess drawal in addition to the water rate charged for the allocated quantity, such excess drawal shall not be permissible beyond six months, within which, the licencee shall have to apply for a higher allocation of water with reasons and where the licencee fails to so apply for such higher allocation or where the licencee is refused for such higher allocation, the agreement shall be liable to be cancellation and the water supply shall be stopped thereafter;

(I) the Executive Engineer shall assess the water rate to be charged per unit quantity of water drawn or allocated whichever is higher and issue demand notice within the first week of every month in Form “V” and the assesses shall make payment of the required water rate within that month and, on default, monthly compound interest at the rate of two per centum shall be charged;

(J) in case of any defect or non-functioning of the Flow Meter, the licencee shall bring the fact to the notice of the concerned Executive Engineer forthwith and take appropriate steps to remove the defects in the Meter or for replacement thereof within a period of three months and in such cases the water rate shall be charged on the quantity of water allocated for the said period of three months or till the defect in the Meter is removed or the Meter is replaced, as the case may be, whichever is earlier, and where the licencee fails to bring the defect or non- functioning of the Meter to the notice of the Executive Engineer or fails to remove the defects in the Meter or to replace the same, as the case may be, within a period of three months, the agreement shall be liable to cancellation and thereafter the water supply shall be stopped; For details, Orissa Irrigation Rules, 1961(amended from time to time) may be followed.