Municipal Commissioner Mahesh Pathak on Thursday has clarified that it was mandatory for civic body to introduce metering of water supply to consumers as per the agreement for availing benefits of JNNURM. The proposal of installing water meter across the city and charging citizens as per the consumption should have been approved long back, he said adding the policy decision has been taken now,before the end of the first phase of JNNURM.
The PMC would be seeking benefits from the second phase of JNNURM and it was necessary for the administration to meet all the commitments made while taking benefits from phase one of JNNURM,Pathak said.
He said the policy decision for water meter installation would initiate the process of reviving the water supply system. It will help in equal distribution of water supply across the city and will also enable the civic administration provide uninterrupted water supply, Pathak said,adding the civic administration would be involved with the latest technology,meters that cannot be tampered with and are usually error-free.
The municipal commissioner said the state government is looking to relax its implementation in slum areas. The details of the project implementation and its execution would be worked out later on, he said,and added that there was need for approving the proposal in the long term interest of the city. It is more likely that the citizens will have to pay less after the metering of water usage is done, he opined.
Meanwhile,the Congress has submitted proposal to reconsider the decision of going for installation of water meter for every property in the city.