The Jal Sansthan had to start metered water supply in trans-Gomti areas of the city from April, but it hasn’t been able to do so due to Jal Nigam’s failure to install meters in 2.5 lakh houses.
Metered water supply is one of the pre-conditions imposed by the Centre for funding schemes under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) to improve the water supply in the major cities.
And cities that fail to start metered supply in the stipulated time are set to lose out on the huge aid under the Centrallysponsored scheme. “You cannot avoid metered water supply in metros. If a city fails on this, the state would be losing grants by the Centre,” said Rajeev Bajpai, general manager, Jal Sansthan.
“Metered water supply would surely put some pressure on those households that waste water, while residents who use water judiciously have nothing to worry. In fact they would be required to pay much lesser than what they are paying,” added Bajpai.
The purchase and installation of meters is funded under the JNNURM and funds for the same have been released around a year back.
However, mayor Dinesh Sharma is against the decision of metered water supply in the city. “Why should metered supply be mandatory in a city where water is supplied for only one to two hours a day. The state should first help Jal Sansthan improve its infrastructure and ensure 24-hour water supply in the city, and then talk about metered water supply.”
But experts differ. They say metered supply would check wastage of waste. “Consumers will be concerned about their bills while using water. Now they would think twice before wasting too much water on washing cars, watering gardens with potable water,” said VK Joshi, environmentalist and former director of GSI.