New Delhi: The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) has decided to buy 8 lakh electronic water meters worth Rs 365 crores from foreign companies. 

According to Delhi Jal Board Chief Executive Ramesh Negi, the meter suppliers would be foreign companies especially European. He said, “Earlier we were not able to buy the meters as no Indian company was ready to provide 8 lakh meters simultaneously.”

 “We have talked to several European companies and they are willing to provide meters. All the meters will be of 15 MM. However, 6 lakhs will be automatic and remaining 2 lakhs will be common meters,” he added.

As per sources, new meters will cost between Rs 800 to Rs 1500.

The Jal Board took this decision on Monday in a meeting with Chief Minister Sheila Dixit.

Mateen Ahmed, Vice President of Delhi Jal Board said, “Decision was also taken on implementing Scada system through Bhagirathi Water Treatment Plant of Rs 271.80 and to change old pumps.”

“A plan worth Rs 145 crore is approved to improve water distribution system in Mehrauli area and Rs 88 crore will be spent to change 250 old tankers. Also, three pilot projects are approved to improve water supply conditions in South Delhi,” he added.