Bapat boost to PMC’s water meter proposal

Guardian Minister Backs 24×7 Supply Project
Guardian minister Girish Bapat on Saturday strongly supported the 24×7 water supply project, giving a boost to the Pune Municipal Corporation’s efforts to install meters at households.Bapat told TOI that it was high time the city took steps to save every drop of water and political parties should not create any hurdle in implementing the 24×7 water supply project, making the meter system mandatory . “We (the state) fully support the PMC (Pune Municipal Corporation) in the project. Water meters are a must in the city considering rising water usage.Meter system will also curb wastage of water.“

Bapat’s stand comes against the backdrop of corporators’ populist stand against the installation of water meters eyeing the civic polls.

“Every city is taking steps to save water and Pune must go for metered water supply .There must be no confusion about it. This is a much needed step,“ said Bapat.

The corporation envisages that the 24×7 water supply project would be executed step by step and within five years all residential properties in the city would have water meters. The civic body would provide 24×7 water and citizens would have to pay according to the usage.

As of now, only commercial establishments in the city pay water charges as per meter. Domestic users get water supply without any measurement and pay fixed annual water tax to the civic body.

Municipal commissioner Kunal Kumar said the 24×7 water supply project would resolve the city’s water supply problem till 2047. It would require an investment of Rs 3,300 crore. The man taking the 24×7 water supply project initiative said the city had enough water and every citizen was getting about 194 litres per day on an average.

Countering the populist demand of corporators that citizens should not be burdened with additional tax, Kumar insisted the tax citizens would pay for the water project was much less compared to other cities.

Source : TOI