Wednesday, August 26, 2015

For residents, the wait gets longer for 24X7 water

Source: The Hindu  :

Cost of each installation is Rs. 6,500

Bidar residents may have to wait 2-3 months to get 24X7 water supply in their homes, officials of the Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development Finance Corporation announced in Bidar on Saturday. Though the work of installing door-to-door tap connections would start this week, families had to wait for 2-3 months for water to flow from those pipes, they said.

S. Lakshman Rao, executive engineer KUIDFC, Bidar, informed the City Municipal Council at a meeting that the work of branching out the main supply pipe and providing door-to-door connections will start from Monday.

The CMC approved the KUIDFC’s proposal that the cost of each installation would add up to around Rs. 6,500. Each connection would be metered and the users would have to pay money for the water they used.

Move opposed

Most members said that they would have no objection to any of the policies or actions of the KUIDFC as long as water supply was assured. Mansur Quadri, member, however, opposed the move and said there was no need for 24X7 water supply as it would be “very costly”.

People in the city have got used to getting water thrice every week. We should continue this, without increasing the tariff, he said.

Round-the-clock water supply is a scheme funded by the Asian Development Bank. The project is being implemented by the KUIDFC.

CMC president Fatima Anwar Ali, vice-president Gangamma Mahantayya and other members spoke.

‘Users will have to pay money for the water they use’

The scheme is funded by Asian Development Bank

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