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Water tariff hiked by 20%,free quota left untouched

Water tariff hiked by 20%,free quota left untouched

Delhi Jal Board has approved 20% combined hike on water and sewer charges for consumers using above 20,000 litres per month.

Delhi BJP President Manoj Tiwari met Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal and lodged protest over the water tariff hike and urged the Lt Governor that it be withdrawn.

In its election manifesto, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had promised free water and cheaper electricity.

"For example, consuming 23,000 of water per month earlier costed Rs 465.55 per month, it will now be Rs. 514.79 per month; an increase of Rs. 49.24 per month".

Domestic users consuming between 20,000 litres and 30,000 litres per month will have to pay Rs 219.62 as service charge, while the volumetric charge is Rs 21.97 per 1,000 litres. However, people who consume up to 20,000 litres will continue to get their water free, said officials. The move assumes significance as the hike has been announced three months after the chief minister took over as chairman of the board.




A Delhi government statement maintained, "In Tuesday's board meeting, it was decided that in keeping with the expenditure incurred due to implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission and the execution of ambitious projects, a marginal combined increase of 20 per cent for those consuming over 20,000 litres a month, along with sewer charges be implemented from February 1, 2018".

The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) on Tuesday increased a combined water and sewar tariff in the city by 20% for consumption of more than 20,000 litres per month.

Mishra latched on to the issue and tweeted: "20% increase is huge".

"The decision to raise the water and sewer charges by 20 percent is an irresponsible action of the government", Tiwari said.

Manjinder Singh Sirsa, the SAD-BJP MLA, said the hike was a "betrayal" by the AAP government.


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