UP Minister Azam Khan opposes water meter installation
Azam Khan opposes water meter installationLUCKNOW: Urban development minister of state Mohammad Azam Khan has expressed reluctance to implement the installation of domestic water meters in households. Khan expressed his views against the proposal of installing water meters in Lucknow, Varanasi and Allahabad under JNNURM scheme, at a meeting held in Vidhan Bhawan on Wednesday. Installing domestic water meters is an integral urban development component of Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) scheme. The government has been pushing for its implementation for a long time but due to people's opposition, the proposal could never get the nod.
It is believed that metered consumption of water will lead to reduction of wastage as people have to pay for every extra litre they use beyond prescribed daily limit. Khan said there is no record on data about how much local bodies have succeeded in reducing water consumption after installing water meters. "There is also possibility of reading of water meters being manipulated as in the case of electricity meters", he added.
He proposed the funds required for installing water meters can instead be used for laying water pipelines in the poorly developed and less served localities of the city. He assured to discuss the matter with the Central Urban Development Minster soon. Representatives from National Highway Authority of India also participated in the meeting.
Mayor, Dinesh Sharma also dismissed installation of water meters in city anytime soon. He said the meters are only relevant if the government is able to provide sufficient supply of good quality water to the public. The proposal has been dismissed by LMC.