Now, opt for floor-wise water meter connection
Keeping the Smart City Mission in mind, the Chandigarh Administration has issued the draft notification of the Chandigarh Water Supply Bylaws (1st Amendment) — 2015.
After a gap of four years, the Administration and the Municipal Corporation have decided to amend the Water Bylaws — 2011 with the Chandigarh Water Supply Bylaws (1st Amendment) — 2015.
Under the new water bylaws, the Administration has decided to make a tertiary-treated water connection mandatory for all houses/institutions having an area of 1 kanal and above within three months. In case of failure to do so, a penalty will be imposed. Besides, consumers can now also opt for floor-wise water meter connections under the new bylaws.
Residents can submit their suggestions or objections to these bylaws within 30 days. Anurag Aggarwal, Secretary, Local Self-Government, UT Administration, has forwarded a copy of the draft notification to MC Commissioner Bhawna Garg, who further forwarded the copy to MC Chief Engineer Mukesh Anand this week.
A copy was also forwarded to the Controller, Printing and Stationery Department, UT, to publish the order in the Chandigarh Administration Gazette.
The amended water bylaws were approved by the MC General House meeting in July this year except the water tariff hike and sewerage cess.
The key highlights of the new bylaws are change of faulty domestic meters, automatic meter reading for commercial units and shallow tubewells for vehicle service stations.
A senior MC official said the decision to provide tertiary-treated water supply to houses having an area of 1 kanal or above in the city was an exercise aimed at saving drinking water and making people habitual in using this water for non-potable purposes such as gardening and washing cars.
Few takers for tertiary water
Despite spending Rs 15 crore on a project to supply tertiary-treated water to houses measuring 1 kanal and above, the MC has only 650 such connections. The MC uses tertiary-treated water for irrigation purposes in 55 green belts, 20 gardens and neighbourhood parks. At present, Sectors 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 12, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20 and 21 have full availability of tertiary-treated water. Sectors 2, 3, 10, 11, 14, 17, 23, 25, 33, 34, 37, 41 and 42 are partially covered. The MC treats 30 MGD of waste water and then releases 24 MGD of it into the drain as the demand for tertiary water in the city is only 6 MGD.
Proposal for provisional connection to dhabas removed
The MC, at a House meeting in July, had proposed to provide all eataries/dhabas (not earmarked for this purpose) in markets provisional water and sewerage connection at commercial rates. However, the UT, in its draft notification, removed this proposal.