The Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB) sent SMS alerts to all the consumers of Malkajgiri circle on Tuesday on fixing the water meters at their own cost. Responding to the alerts, some residential welfare associations (RWAs) approached United Federation of RWAs (UFERWAS), an apex body of RWAs, and appealed to HMWS&SB MD M Dana Kishore to resolve the issue.
UFERWAS general secretary BT Srinivasan said the water board had taken up Malkajgiri water supply scheme with World Bank assistance. The project cost was pegged at Rs 338 crore.
As per the tender norms, HMWS&SB was to fix the water meters to all 35,000 consumers in Malkajgiri circle for free under the provision of ‘meter and a chamber.’ “The water board built water meters chambers on all the premises of domestic consumers at free of cost, but forgot to install the water meters,” said Srinivasan. He also said water supply had been commissioned but fixing of water meters was kept pending.
“Now, the water board is insisting consumers to get the meters fixed at their own cost to avail the free water scheme,” he said, adding that thousands of connections in Malkajgiri circle do not have meters and consumers are paying a minimum bill of Rs 258 per month.
For households that consume about 20 kl per month, the monthly bill comes to around Rs 320 which would be waived. Water bills will, however, be issued as per the tariff to those consuming above 20,000 litres a month. HMWS&SB assistant engineer, Defence Colony, Srivani said they are waiting for guidelines from the HMWS&SB head office on resolving the row over water meters.