BMC mulls GPS devices on water tankers

To curb water theft from tankers,the civic administration is considering installing Global Positioning System (GPS) devices on water carriers.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:September 21, 2013 1:23 am

To curb water theft from tankers,the civic administration is considering installing Global Positioning System (GPS) devices on water carriers.

The suggestion was made by Additional Municipal Commissioner Rajiv Jalota at the BMC standing committee meeting Friday. Corporators alleged that the ‘tanker mafia’ in the city has been appropriating a major share of drinking water from BMC.

Ramesh Bamble,chief hydraulic engineer,BMC,said,“GPS will keep track of the routes and frequencies of tankers. There will be meters installed at the filling stations. The meter readings and information acquired through GPS devices will give us data to monitor the passage of water tankers. Tenders will have to be invited for the GPS technology and meters. The initiative is still in its nascent stage.” At present,there is no monitoring system at BMC filling stations,making them vulnerable to theft.

BJP corporator and education committee chairman Manoj Kotak said,“Water is being stolen from BMC water filling stations by private tankers.”

Shiv Sena corporator from Borivali,Shubha Raul,said,“In my ward,water meant for the public is being routed towards the highway on Mira-Bhayander Road. Enterprises such as restaurants are buying drinking water from private tankers. The water is later sold for a higher price.”

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