The Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) has warned that it would impose stiff penalties against the consumers who remove meters.
The decision was taken during a meeting conducted by the Board with Green Brigade Agencies, Billing and Collection agencies and meter readers on Monday. In the meeting it was discussed that in some places customers are removing the meters complaining of low pressure. In some places meter chambers are not in place enabling easy removal and at some places meter was fixed in wrong direction and therefore meter reading was abnormal.
In some places meter reading showed an abnormal jump which needs to be corrected and in some places meter is struck and therefore meter reading could not be given.
Therefore, it was decided that the average of 15KL/PM levied for 15mm connection may be enhanced disconnecting those who tend to remove meter. Notices are proposed to be given to who tend to remove meters.
As Board is proposing to come down with a heavy hand on those without meters, customers have been advised not to remove the meters from the pipeline and help the Board account for the water. (INN)