Au­to­mated water me­ters to en­sure sup­ply till 2040: Mundhe

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­

A day after the gen­eral body meet­ing was rocked by the water me­ter con­tro­versy, with the NCP going all out against mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Tukaram Mundhe, the com­mis­sioner has re­it­er­ated that the drive will con­tinue.

He said the au­to­mated me­ter read­ing is re­quired to en­sure that the city has water till 2010, for which the cor­po­ra­tion had pre­pared a de­sign scheme.

Com­ment­ing on the ob­jec­tions raised in the gen­eral body, Mundhe said, “There is no con­tro­versy. The de­ci­sion was taken in 2009. Fit­ting the me­ters will give a clear pic­ture of the water sup­ply. If less water is be­ing supplied, we will in­crease it and where ex­cess is be­ing given it will be con­trolled.”

Mundhe said, “To en­sure 24x7 water sup­ply, AMR me­tres have al­ready been in­stalled in pipelines of up to 15mm di­am­e­ter. We are get­ting them fit­ted in the 20 mm plus pipelines and the com­mer­cial ones.”

The NCP cor­po­ra­tors are op­pos­ing the civic body’s ac­tion and raised it in the gen­eral body meet­ing on Fri­day.

Mundhe jus­ti­fied the move, say­ing it will en­sure cor­rect me­ter read­ing.

“We have ini­ti­ated ac­tion against the com­mer­cial users who have not com­plied with the or­der. Those who have or­dered have had their con­nec­tions de­sealed,” he said.

Ex­plain­ing the rea­son for the de­ci­sion, Mundhe said, “This is com­pul­sory as per the De­sign Scheme plan to en­sure ad­e­quate water sup­ply from Morbe dam till 2040, as the cor­po­ra­tion had planned and de­cided on in 2009.”

“For this the cit­i­zens will have to adapt to cer­tain pa­ram­e­ters and this pa­ram­e­ter is mea­sur­ing the con­sump­tion of water,” Mundhe said.

He added, “To en­sure that the city gets enough water till 2010 we need to have proper water man­age­ment and proper use.”

Dis­miss­ing al­le­ga­tions of pro­mot­ing me­ter man­u­fac­tur­ers, Mundhe said, “The res­i­dents are free to get it from any man­u­fac­turer in In­dia. There is no com­pul­sion to choose and that is not my job.”

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