ISLAMABAD- Owing to a decision of Council of Common Interest (CCI), the power ministry would send a new summary to get exemption from double tax wrongly imposed on Wapda that was supposed to be imposed only on provinces. Sources said that the CCI inflicted a water tax on Wapda two times, which was only for the provinces over utilisation of water for irrigation purposes as farmers were already paying 0.005paisa per unit on hydel power generation after decision of the CCI. High-ups at water and power ministry in a meeting have now resolved that the CCI committed a wrong decision of inflicting water surcharge to both Wapda and provinces at the same time over utilisation of water resources in the country, sources privy to the development revealed, adding that power ministry would once again send a revised summary to the CCI in this regard. Wapda is already paying a tax worth 0.005paisa per unit on generation of hydel electricity but the CCI decided to impose 30 paisa on both Wapda and the provinces as well. They informed that the CCI had imposed such a tax which was not included in the summary of water and power and nor it was discussed earlier with the stakeholders. It was learnt that a meeting held here under the chair Secretary Water and Power Imtiaz Qazi where this much debated issue was discussed and the meeting determined that decision was wrong enforced by CCI. It was discussed in the meeting that Wapda is already paying water cess and the provinces were asked to pay some 30 paisa per acre after utilising water for irrigation purposes. However, after issuance of approval from the CCI, Wapda and Irsa locked horns over water cess bill earlier decided by the CCI in June this year after taking the request of the Indus River System Authority (Irsa) on board, Wapda remained unwilling and even ostensibly refused to pay this tax/ surcharge till this effect. Sources also told that controversy got its roots further strong as Wapda refused to share details of hydro electricity units generated through hydel power and seemingly communicated Irsa to get approval from National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) prior asking to it for details of power units as tariff is being approved from the Nepra before passing on it to the end consumers. They were of the view that Wapda could not refuse to pay water cess bill on generation of hydroelectricity in accordance with the prescribed laws and regulations, which was earlier imposed by the CCI and Irsa, facing cash flow problems leading to difficulties in paying salaries to its staff, for the first time in 20 years of its existence. Irsa was also planned to collect this quarterly basis water cess bill of passed July, August and September 2011, the sources said. Under the decision of the Council of Common Interests, the water regulator was authorised to send water cess bills to the provinces on 6-month basis and to Wapda and Chashma nuclear project on a quarterly basis. It is relevant to mention that the decision was taken at the request of Irsa, which has been facing cash flow problems resulting difficulties on its part in paying salary to its staff. Additionally, it was also estimated that Irsa would expected to earn about Rs180 million a year on account of water cess. Sources further informed that Irsa had already sent bills of Rs18 million to the provinces for using irrigation water during six months of recently-concluded Kharif season, sources informed, adding, that Irsa had sent a bill of Rs10.3 million to Punjab, Rs7 million to Sindh, Rs558,000 to Balochistan and Rs287,000 to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for the Kharif season which concluded on October 1.