September 27, 2016 3:54:15 am
THE PUNE Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) plans of getting residents to pay depending on their consumption of water by installing water meters seem to have lost steam. For, the initiative is neither getting support from private firms nor are they getting any response from residents for the free scheme.
The civic body first published its tender notice on July 21 inviting tenders till August 7. The PMC floated two tenders having estimated a cost of Rs 329 crore and Rs 274 crore to install around six lakh water meters across the city in five years.
Thereafter, the poor response to it made the civic administration extend the tender submission twice. The deadline was first extended till September 21, but the PMC received only one tender and therefore, it had to extend it till October 3.
“We have no option but to follow the tender process for the proposed work. The PMC is hopeful that it would receive more tenders by October 3 and if that does not happen then again the date for submission will have to be extended,” said Hemant Deodhar, Executive Engineer in PMC.
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Meanwhile, the civic body’s efforts to get residents’ support for the water meter programme continues to receive poor response despite the scheme registering with the civic body for free-of-cost water meters.
“The PMC has received demand for water meter from only 28 residents since the scheme started on August 16. There is a very poor response to the PMC scheme of free water meters on a phone call,” said a civic officer.
The civic administration launched a campaign for its scheme through social networking sites but has failed to yield a good response, he said, adding, “There are no calls from last eight days to install water meters. It has almost stopped.”
Moreover, the residents who are registering for water meter installation at their residences are from fringe areas mainly facing water shortage. “There is only one demand from Rasta Peth area and not a single resident from the central parts of the city has asked for it,” said civic officer. There is also demand from residents of Kondhwa, NIBM road, Aundh, Baner and Kalyaninagar.
Also, the civic administration is merely into registration of residents keen to get water meters installed and the actual installation is dependent only after the private agencies are finalised. “The civic administration would take up the installation of water meters to those demanding only after the private agency is appointed for the purpose through tender process,” said Deodhar.
He said the PMC under the Smart City Mission is committed to implementing 100 per cent ‘Smart Metering’ for the entire Pune City. PMC has prepared a detailed Master Plan to convert intermediate supply to 24×7 pressurized water supply to every house hold in the next 5 years. The PMC plans to replace the existing commercial meters in the first year and then, install 25 per cent water meters every year and cover all households.
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