The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) [Delhi water board] has decided to privatise tanker management system to check water wastage and corruption in its own ranks. Four companies have shown interest and submitted technical proposals for the tenders issued by DJB. The contract would ensure a total revamp of the system and introduction of new technologies.
Officials say that this would help DJB monitor the movement of tankers to and from various delivery points. The project also proposes to put a check on water wastage due to leakages in tankers.
“There have also been complaints of our tankers supplying water to hotels and malls for extra money. With corruption prevailing within the department and in the absence of a monitoring system, it is difficult to say if the tankers even reach the destination,” a senior DJB official said.
The DJB’s decision to enter into a public-private partnership to revamp tanker management involves introduction of technological changes to tankers. These changes would include biometric identification for drivers, a GPS system to monitor the tanker movement, a flow meter to account for the amount of water taken and supplied, a chlorimeter to ensure the water quality and an auto lock system to put a check on leaking tankers.
The DJB is mandated to supply water tankers at 18,349 fixed delivery points in the city. Besides that, water tankers are also supplied to regular colonies in case of common emergencies like pipeline burst or shortage of raw water supply. The department owns 250 tankers and hires at least 600 private tankers on a daily basis to ensure supply to at least 1,600 unauthorised-regularised colonies.
Source: IBNS / newKerala.com, 07 Jun 2010