Mangalore, India — (METERING.COM) — December 10, 2008 – The Mangalore City Corporation has proposed to replace approximately 5,300 water meters with digital meters, and to seal them on a trial basis.

The move is aimed at preventing people from tampering with the meters. In terms of the proposal, 3,760 domestic meters, 850 meters in flats and 670 meters at commercial connections will be replaced in the first phase.

However, discussion on the subject was deferred at the Council’s last meeting.

M. Shankar Bhat, chief whip in the council, was reported in The Hindu newspaper as saying that the project had been put on hold to first rectify anomalies in the water bills of some consumers. After entrusting the task of reading the meters and issuing water bills to a private agency, some domestic consumers had alleged that their bills were out of proportion to the quantity of water consumed by them.

Ganesh Hosabettu, the mayor, was quoted as saying that some of the water meters were not functioning properly and some connections had no meters, and that these would be addressed first.