Chandigarh: MC notifies draft amendments in water bylaws, invites objections

The amendment in the bylaws was approved by the general house in June earlier this year.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: November 20, 2015 3:33 am

The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation on Thursday issued a draft notification of amended Chandigarh Water Supply Bylaws 2015, making mandatory the use of tertiary treated water in houses/institutions above one kanal, apart from putting the responsibility of changing faulty meters on consumers.

The amendment in the bylaws was approved by the general house in June earlier this year.

MC chief engineer Mukesh Anand said that they had invited objections from the general public within 30 days from issue of the draft notification.

Over the years, the civic body has been facing huge revenue losses as around 35 per cent of the water connections were being calculated on average reading due to faulty meters.

Anand said that under new bye-laws, it would be the responsibility of consumers to get defective meters replaced within one month, failing which penal rate would be charged. The civic body would be responsible for installing the meters on the premises of the consumers.

As per the new norms, automatic meter reading (AMR) meters have been made mandatory for domestic users above 2 kanal houses and non-domestic users, including commercial/industrial/institutional sectors, to ensure accurate measurement of consumption among higher water users.

Anand stated that they would ensure that the residents did not face any inconvenience. “AMR meters can be procured by consumers from the agencies shortlisted by the MC,” he said.

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