PMC to offer free water meters to citizens – Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) offers free water meters to citizens of Pune. Hence, those who wish to monitor their water usage, now they can be able to receive benefit from a special scheme offered by Municipal Corporation of Pune. The administration of PMC will offer water meters for free of cost to residents of Pune from September month. The head of PMC’ s water department, V G Kulkarni, said that the major aim of giving the water meters free is just to initiate awareness among local people about the thoughtful use of water. This system has been used by city’s commercial organizations and now want to promote this special program in the residential areas of the city as well, he added.
Hence, as per the strategy, the citizens those who want to measure their water usages; they can directly contact the civic body. After that, the officials of civic will reach to their places and will fit a water meter. Each of the meters costs for Rs. 6,000/- According to available data, every day, nearly 150 liters of water is used by a citizen. The administration collects Rs. 900 as water charges in terms of property tax from the residential people. There are also plans to start up a metered water supply system. Under the 24×7 supply scheme, the civic body will commence building water tanks. Around 103 tanks will going to be constructed under this plan of action.
Another official said that, once the meter is installed and the rate is fixed, water charges will be collected as per a number of water usages. The amount may vary according to the use of water. Other prime components of the project involve laying of a 1,600km pipelines & installation of meters, this work is expected to be completed by the year 2020-2021. In February, the civic general body approved a 12% increment in the water tax for the next revenue. And it will be upswing by 15 % every financial year thereafter till 2020-2021fiscal. It is expected that the project of 24×7 water supply will be put into action over the next 5 years at a total cost of Rs 2,800 crore and will confirm that every household in the city gets metered water supply and they will pay as per the usage of water.