Water bills to be available online

Municipal Corporation on Wednesday launched the Management Information System (MIS) of water billing. Under this system,an SMS will be generated and an e-mail sent to the registered consumer as soon as the water bill is generated

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:August 15, 2013 1:06 am

Municipal Corporation on Wednesday launched the Management Information System (MIS) of water billing. Under this system,an SMS will be generated and an e-mail sent to the registered consumer as soon as the water bill is generated. The service was launched by Mayor Subhash Chawla,municipal commissioner Vivek Pratap Singh attended.

There are 1.5 lakh registered water connections in the city including residential,commercial and institutional. To avail of the service,the consumers would need to register online on the MC’s website mcchandigarh.nic.in. These registered consumers,will get the latest readings. This will enable people to get a regular consumption bill instead of average bill which is generated without reading of the meter.

SMSs and email would be sent to registered consumers as and when bills are generated. The registered consumers would also get to know the due date of payment of bills through SMS. They don’t have to wait for the bill to reach them.

Apart from facilitating the consumers,the system would also help the civic body. The management information reports,defaulters list,monthly revenue generated,tariff type-wise,consumption,tariff type-wise number of consumers,history of payments of a particular consumer etc would be available on the website.

The project is being executed by the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT). Data for the past 25 years would also be available online. The input data for this work is captured by Public Health Department manually which was validated and an updated centralised Database was created at NIELIT Chandigarh. After processing is complete,the final output in the shape of ledger,bills and other reports are generated.

Mayor Subhash Chawla said that the total revenue generation is to the tune of Rs 65 crore per year. Due to large number of consumers,a need was felt to prepare a Management Information System for water billing using information technology. He added that the scheme would streamline the functioning of the Public Health Department and ensure better revenue collection.

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