October 6, 2016 12:56:35 am
After poor response to its water meter tender, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has put breaks on the free water meter scheme to be implemented in the city, while planning on making changes in the conditions of the scheme to encourage more private agencies.
“We have decided to stop the promotion of free water scheme for now as it cannot be implemented without appointing private agencies. The PMC is yet to get private agencies to carry out the job. The date for the tender has been extended to October 10,” said municipal commissioner Kunal Kumar.
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Despite a publicity campaign on social media, hardly 70 citizens approached the civic administration seeking water meters. He said the priority now is to enroll private agencies for the installation of water meters.
Clarifying doubts on guarantee of water meter and financial burden, he said, “The PMC would be installing ultrasonic static meter which are best for the purpose. There is a guarantee of 10 years and if it is damaged during the period, the private agency will replace it for free. Besides, there is a mechanism in the meter that checks for any tampering and sends a signal to the control room following which the meter cost would be recovered from the customer,” he added.
On the demand of the ruling NCP, which had sought stopping the project till new pipelines are laid, Kumar said the PMC wants to simultaneously implement the upgradation of supply system and install water meters as the main intention is to inculcate the habit of using water efficiently.
“The new pipeline work would ensure that the leakages through the system are reduced but the tendency of wastage of water due to ample availability should also be stopped. The installation of water meter would help the PMC check on the wastage of water by citizens,” he said. He added that water consumption in the city is 300 litre per capita at present and if it is brought down to the set norms the same quantity would meet the demands of city population that is estimated to grow till 2047.
He said to ensure round-the-clock water total storage capacity should be 33 per cent of the total consumption for which the PMC is constructing overhead tanks.
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