MBMC floats smart water me­ter idea for com­mer­cial users

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI/STATE - SURESH GOLANI

Stung by the mis­deeds and cor­rupt prac­tises of their own per­son­nel, the Mira Bhayan­dar Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (MBMC) in an at­tempt to do away with man­ual er­rors and de­lib­er­ate ma­nip­u­la­tions, has now geared up to up­grade the ex­ist­ing ana­logue water me­ters to its dig­i­tal ver­sion.

As a part of the pi­lot project car­ry­ing a price tag of more than 5.38 crore, MBMC’s water sup­ply depart­ment will soon in­tro­duce “smart” elec­tronic me­ters for com­mer­cial users along with a soft­ware that will dig­i­tally cal­cu­late water con­sump­tion and make the billing process in the twin-city trans­par­ent. Based on the suc­cess of the pi­lot project, smart me­ters will be ex­tended to all users in a phase wise man­ner.

Out of the 39,565 water users, 2,928 con­nec­tions fall in the com­mer­cial cat­e­gory. Armed with au­to­mated me­ter read­ing (AMR) ca­pa­bil­i­ties, the sys­tem will be sim­i­lar to smart me­ters used for elec­tri­cal read­ings that en­ables the mea­sure­ment of de­tailed, time-based record­ing with an added abil­ity to share the data with cus­tomers.

Cit­i­zens are sup­posed to be charged for the water as per the us­age, how­ever, thanks to the shoddy mech­a­nism and cor­rup­tion pre­vail­ing in the water sup­ply depart­ment, around 50 per cent of water bills across the twin-city is cal­cu­lated based on self-im­plied es­ti­ma­tions.

It should be noted that a sec­tion of water me­ter read­ers are al­ready un­der the scan­ner of in­ves­ti­ga­tions for their sus­pected in­volve­ment in play­ing tru­ant with the billing mech­a­nism by ma­nip­u­lat­ing read­ings and ful­fill­ing their self­ish mone­tary mo­tives.

Out of the 39,565 water users, 2,928 con­nec­tions fall in the com­mer­cial cat­e­gory. Armed with au­to­mated me­ter read­ing (AMR) ca­pa­bil­i­ties, the sys­tem will be sim­i­lar to smart me­ters used for elec­tri­cal read­ings

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