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Posted at: Jul 21, 2015, 1:39 AM; last updated: Jul 21, 2015, 1:10 AM (IST)

Tertiary treated water connection must for big houses

MC decides to amend water bylaws

Key highlights of Water Bylaws-2015

  • Use of tertiary treated water to be made compulsory 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.
  • Faulty/defective meters to be replaced. It will be the responsibility of the consumers to get the faulty/defective meters replaced within one month, otherwise recovery on the penal rate will be charged from the consumers. However, they will be exempted from the water meter rent.
  • Replacement of conventional water meters with AMR meters for all non-domestic consumers and domestic consumers for residential houses with an area of two kanals and above by the consumers themselves at their own cost within three months by agencies shortlisted by the MC.
  • Instead of charging sewerage cess on the number of closets in a house, the MC will now charge sewerage cess at the rate of 10 per cent of the water consumption in a month.
  • All vehicle service stations will be required to install shallow tubewells on their premises at their own cost. Necessary permission will be sought from the MC.
  • All eateries/dhabas located in markets, but not earmarked for this purpose, will be provided provisional water and sewerage connections at commercial rates with due intimation to the UT Estate Office. The connections will not legalise their change in land use.

Rajinder Nagarkoti

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20

Finally, after a gap of four years, the Municipal Corporation has decided to amend the Water Bylaws-2011 keeping the Smart City Mission on mind.

Under the new Water Bylaws-2015, the MC has 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.

The new bylaws were discussed at a meeting of MC officials and councillors, chaired by MC Commissioner Bhawna Garg today. The councillors, representing all parties, have given their consensus to all bylaws except for the increase in water tariff.

The agenda for final approval will be placed before the MC General House during a meeting on July 22.

MC Commissioner Bhawna Garg informed the councillors and officials that for Chandigarh to become a smart city, there was need for amending the water bylaws.

The key highlights of the new bylaws are change of faulty domestic meters, automatic meter reading for commercial units, shallow tubewells for vehicle service stations and provisional water/sewerage connections to dhabas/eataries in markets.

The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation 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.

The decision to provide tertiary treated water supply to houses having an area of 1 kanal or above in the city is 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, an MC official said.

At present, sectors which have full availability of tertiary treated water are 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 12, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20 and 21.

The partially covered sectors are 2, 3, 10, 11, 14, 17, 23, 25, 33, 34, 37, 41 and 42.

Few takers for tertiary water

Despite spending Rs 15 crore on a project to supply tertiary treated water to houses measuring one 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.

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