The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) has awarded contracts to Itron Inc. and Arad Technologies Ltd for the delivery by each of 150,000 automated meter reading (AMR) water meters.

The contracts follow the completion of successful trials by the two companies starting in early 2009, and the deployment is expected to be completed within two years.

The initiative is part of a major water conservation initiative being undertaken by MCGM, in an effort to secure its water distribution network and avoid water theft, illegal connections and leakages, which results in the loss of 700 million litres of water per day in the city.

The two companies also will undertake maintenance and training.

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