Water meter to be compulsory for all buildings
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Ahmedabad Municipal Commissioner Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra has proposed compulsory installation of water meters from April 1 in the Rs 4425-crore municipal budget for 2013-14, which was tabled before the standing committee Monday.
No building, residential or non-residential, would be granted permission for use if it did not install water meters, he said, adding that the meter installation will be completely implemented all over the city in the next five years.
Mohapatra has development proposals worth Rs 2,470 crore to be covered by revenue, 55 per cent of which would be sourced from taxes and the rest from non-tax sources.
Another proposal that catches attention is construction of flyovers at six places — Helmet Junction, Anjali Cinema, Dinesh Chambers, Hatkeshwar, Income Tax Office and Shyamal Char Rasta. A budget of Rs 65 crore has been set aside for this. A road overbridge at Naroda has also been proposed.
The BRTS route is likely to be expanded from Iskcon to Bopal, Ellis Bridge to Kalupur and Nehrunagar to L D College by March-end costing Rs 179.82 crore. It will be further taken from L D College to Ellis Bridge, Visat Pump to Sardar Patel Ring Road, Kalupur to Delhi Gate, Kalupur to Naroda, and Shah Alam to Ellis Bridge by March 2014, costing Rs 120 crore. By the end of phase three, its corridor length will be 130 km for which Rs 200 crore has been earmarked. Another Rs 110 crore is set aside for purchase of 224 BRT vehicles.
In housing projects, the AMC built 16,672 units by December 2012, leaving a gap of 3,488 units, which are proposed to be built in 2013-14 for which Rs 51 crore is allocated.
On the energy efficiency front, it is proposed to install solar lighting systems at 10 spots to ensure 70% saving in power bills. Like Transport House for AMTS, it is proposed to build AJL House for BRT operations and SRFDCL Bhavan for riverfront project operations.