Checking water misuse
Process to start water meters to start in January
JAMMU, Dec 31: To keep check on water supply in the state the state government will begun installtion of water meters next month.The project is likely to be completed by next two years.
Talking to the TNI, Minister for Public Health Engineering, Taj Mohi-ud-Din said that the department is waiting for the water meters and the work of installation of meters will be start within time duration of one month.
Minister further said that in first phase of installation the meters will be installed in commercial area adding that in second phase the installation will be done civil line whereas in third phase the main city area will be cover in both Jammu and Kashmir cities.
Sources said that to create revenue from the water resources the state government has passed a bill to generate the tax from water supply in Public Health Engineering (PHE) department.
It is pertinent to mention here that the Bill was passed by the state Assembly by a voice vote after it was introduced for consideration and passing by Minister for Public Health Engineering, Taj Mohi-ud-Din.
Sources said that this is one more plan to increase the funds in government treasury and by this the administration hits the common man pocket another time.
According to the data, though state has so far used only 16 per cent of the ground water available in the state and government want to conduct a comprehensive study of its water resources. State is also studying another new concept of 'water budgeting' so as to brace up with the actual demand and requirement of drinking water in the years to come.
The water metering will be taken up under Urban Infrastructure Development in Small and Medium Towns and Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).
"We have also decided to revise the water tax in the state so that the concept of judicious use of water is implemented", said a official. It is important to note that government has also hiked the water tariffs last year.
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