A day after the UT administration directing the municipal corporation (MC) not to install any more fountains in the city, it has come to the light that the MC had installed 51 fountains since 2008, that too without any policy.
The MC has spent nearly Rs. 10 crore on installing these fountains and is spending Rs. 1 crore every year on its maintenance. These 51 fountains consume 0.1 million gallon daily (MGD) water every day, which, on the other hand, can cater to nearly 1,000 houses.
The city, which is already short of 29 MGD water, is using drinking water for running these fountains.
As such no policy has ever been framed regarding installation of fountains, but they have been installed on the demand of area councillor, who conceptualised the water feature and MC used to work out the finance requirement. These fountains have been installed without taking the services of an architect and the engineering wing never thought of any architectural design before going for it.
The cost of a fountain ranges from Rs. 15 lakh to Rs. 50 lakh.
Speaking to HT, superintending engineer of the public health department RC Diwan admitted, "We do not have any policy for the installation of fountains, but they been installed on the demand of councillors. In the past six years, 51 fountains have been installed."
During a survey by HT team, it was found that a volcano-shaped water feature has been installed in Sector 35 at a cost of Rs. 15 lakh, and a musical fountain installed in Sector 15 was built at a cost of over Rs. 50 lakh.
Nominated councillor Surinder Bahga said, "We welcome the decision of the UT administration as the MC was installing the fountains without any policy. The places where they are installed are not proper and the design is not suitable to the locals. It is a sheer waste of drinking water."
In the meeting of UT coordination committee held on Tuesday, the UT administration had directed the civic body not to install any more fountains in the city without the approval of the chief architect.