Even though only six days are left from the last date for installing water meters the municipal corporation Jalandhar (MCJ) is lagging behind its target of covering the residential area under water metering policy by March 31, 2017.
Failing to install the said meters, penalty will be imposed, on the water and sewerage services.
The municipal corporation Jalandhar was earlier expecting an annual revenue of Rs 60 crore by implementing the policy here. Meanwhile, the residents are still clueless about the ways to adopt the policy.
City residents have complained that while the civic body is telling that the last date for getting water meters is March 31, 2017, it failed to guide the same, to residents.
An MC officials on the condition of anonymity, informed, “The local bodies department here did not take any measures to guide residents on what kind of water meters to purchase, which certified company to go far and further procedures.
“The civic body has shown a lackadaisical approach in imposing the policy from the beginning itself,” said MC official.
The MCJ has not been able to even fully cover the industrial areas of the city.
The Punjab and Haryana high court in 2012 had directed the government to draft a policy for water meter supply. Last year the local bodies had issued a notification regarding the same.
While earlier the state government had planned to club the water charges with power bills that were to be recovered by Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSLCL) but after facing opposition from several sections of the society, the local bodies had withheld that reform.
But had instructed to impose water metering system in the city. As per the records of MCJ, there are around 1.4 lakh registered water consumers in the city.