KE­JRI­WAL KEEPS POLL PROM­ISE, HOUSE­HOLDS IN DELHI TO GET 667 LITRES OF FREE WA­TER A DAY

An­nounces 667 litres for daily do­mes­tic con­sump­tion

The Financial Express - - FRONT PAGE - PTI

FUL­FILL­ING its poll prom­ise, the Aam Aadmi Party gover nment on Mon­day an­nounced 667 litres of free wa­ter daily for do­mes­tic con­sump­tion to each house­hold hav­ing me­tered con­nec­tion in Delhi.

The de­ci­sion was taken at a meet­ing of the Delhi Jal Board, chaired by chief min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal at his res­i­dence in Kausambi.

“All the do­mes­tic con­sumers hav­ing me­tered con­nec­tion will get 20 kilo­litres of wa­ter free of cost from Jan­uary 1. We will not even levy any ex­ist­ing charges such as wa­ter cess and sewerage charge,” newly-ap­pointed Delhi Jal Board CEO Vi­jay Ku­mar told re­porters.

He, how­ever, said if the con­sump­tion limit crosses 20 kilo­litres, then the con- sumer will have to pay for the wa­ter and other charges.

Ku­mar was ap­pointed CEO of DJB on Satur­day evening in place of De­bashree Mukher­jee, who is un­der­stood to have reser­va­tion over sup­ply­ing wa­ter free of cost.

In its elec­tion man­i­festo, the Aam Aadmi Party had an­nounced that 700 litres of free wa­ter would be sup­plied daily to each house­hold if it comes to power.

Last month, Delhi Jal Board had planned to in­crease the wa­ter tar­iff by 10% from Jan­uary to im­prove its fi­nances. It is not im­me­di­ately clear whether the gover nment will charge for wa­ter be­ing sup­plied to over 1,600 unau­tho­rised colonies across the city as in most house­holds in th­ese set­tle­ments wa­ter me­tres are yet to be in­stalled.

IN ITS ELEC­TION MAN­I­FESTO, THE AAM AADMI PARTY HAD AN­NOUNCED THAT 700 LITRES OF FREE WA­TER WOULD BE SUP­PLIED DAILY

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