Water Board to fix water meters at 5.40 lakh homes

Published: 31st December 2016 02:27 AM  |   Last Updated: 31st December 2016 04:36 AM   |  A+A-

Express News Service

HYDERABAD: With a majority of water consumers failing to fix water meters under the Voluntary Disclosure Scheme (VDS), the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) has initiated the process of installing meters in about 5.40 lakh houses through agencies. Of the 7.50 lakh registered water consumers, as many as 5.40 lakh registered water consumers have failed to fix water meters and only some 2.10 lakh have installed the meters on their premises.

HMWS&SB managing director M Dana Kishore held a meeting with metering agencies to work out the modalities for procuring and fixing of meters in all the un-metered houses. He will hold another meeting with manufacturing companies on January 3 to get a feedback and suggestions on meter installation and the cost of procuring  suitable and less expensive meters. The board is considering radio frequency identification (RFID), automatic meter reading (AMR), GSM-based and mechanical meters apart from ready meters. The fixing of meters will be taken up on build, own, operate and transfer (BOOT) basis. The major reason to install these meters is to reduce water loss and revenue losses.

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