Meters would be removed if they fail to yield desired results
The efficiency of the system will be analysed after three months Rs. 29.78 crore water scheme inaugurated by Sonia Gandhi would be completed by May
KADAPA: Water meters are being fixed in three model municipal divisions where water is being supplied round-the-clock as part of a pilot project, Kadapa Mayor P. Ravindranath Reddy said on Friday.
Refuting charges of Telugu Desam Party and other Opposition leaders that water meters were being fixed due to World Bank conditions, the Mayor accused them of politicising every issue due to lack of comprehension and misleading people. Meters had been fixed in 93 houses in 19, 20 and 27th municipal divisions on the first day and in his house as well as those of corporators Bola Padmavathi and S. Chinnakka on Friday, he told a press conference.
The municipal corporation general body approved fixing of meters for streamlining water supply, to gauge pumping to reservoirs, pilferage en route overhead tanks and consumption per household, Mr. Ravindranath Reddy asserted. Meters existed in cinema theatres, hotels, lodges and industries for long. Meters costing Rs. 250 were being fixed free of cost in below poverty line houses and slum areas, he said.
The corporation would charge Rs. 60 for 21,000 litres a month at the rate of 700 litres a day, he said. One hundred and forty litres (seven bucketfuls) of water would be supplied per head per day, he said. Excess consumption would be charged additionally. Results of metered supply in three divisions would be gauged after three months and any lapses rectified by convening a meeting on June 1 with Opposition parties, voluntary organisations and people.
If the experiment did not benefit people in the next three months, water meters would be done away with and meters already fixed would be removed, he assured. The Rs. 29.78 crore water scheme inaugurated by UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi would be completed by May.