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To regulate the bills and check wastage of water, the Noida Authority decided to install meters in all the group housing buildings and industrial sectors. The decision to install meters has come after water tariff hike of 25 per cent more than a month ago.
An official of Noida Authority said, “Once the residents begin paying their bills as per the usage, they will be forced to check wastage of water.” The Noida Authority supplies the water three hours in morning (6 am to 9 am) and evening (6 pm to 9 pm). The city of Noida generates 150-200 MLD of wastewater every day.
In the last three decades, water consumption used to be charged at fixed annual rates. The Authority has now floated an online tender to hire a private agency for the installation work. The budget is Rs 50 lakh for the installation of water meters.
So far, the Noida Authority used to charge Rs 175 from MIG (middle-income group) flat owners; Rs 210 from HIG (high-income group) flat owners; Rs 260 from duplex flat owners; Rs 250 from owners of 200 sqm plots; and Rs 470 from owners of 350 sqm plots.
SC Arora, a senior project engineer of Noida Authority told City Spidey, “We will install water meters for the bulk customers such as in high rise societies and industrial sectors in the beginning. After this, we will install the water meters in individual households.”
“We will install water meters in buildings which get supply from the 50mm-pipeline or bigger. There are around 400 such consumers. Once the meters will be installed, we will decide on the water rates per kiloliters for bulk consumers. The work on the installation of meters will be started within two months,” Arora said.
“Many consumers keep their taps when water is being supplied. This causes massive water wastage. If we install meters, we will be able to calculate their exact consumption and charge them accordingly,” Arora said.
On the other hand, residents also welcomed this decision of the Noida Authority.
"On several previous occasions, we have suggested Noida Authority to install meters, regulate bills and systematise the billing system for water consumption in high rise buildings,” said Rajiva Singh, President of Noida Federation of Apartment Owners Association (NOFAA).
Alok Shroff, a resident of Sector 76, said, “After the installation of water meters, the builder will not charge the residents as per his rule. Right now, the builder charges the residents almost two times more than what authority charges the builder.”TAGS: Noida Authority / Water meters in Noida / Wastage of water in Noida / Water consumption in Noida / Water charges in Noida / Noida news
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