Water tariff hike in Delhi by 20 per cent : Delhi Jal Board.
The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) on Tuesday approved a combined Water tariff hike in Delhi and sewer tariff for consumers exceeding 20,000 litres consumption monthly. A Delhi Jal Board official said that the body approved a 20 per cent combined hike on the current charges.
The move will effectively see an increase of Rs 28 per month for consumers crossing the monthly quota, DJB vice chairman Dinesh Mohaniya, said.
“No change in Water tariff in Delhi for households using up to 20,000 litres per month for third consecutive year. Above 20,000 litres, a 20 per cent combined hike on water and sewer charges approved in the Delhi Jal Board meeting,” Delhi government spokesperson Nagendar Sharma tweeted.
The Aam Aadmi Party government, which promised free water supply to families, had set a cap of 20,000 litres per month for every household, beyond which there would Water tariff hike in Delhi.
The Delhi Jal Board , in its official statement, had said that the decision was taken in order to reduce the financial burden on the water body.
“The hike has been approved in order to keep the financial health of the DJB intact,” Delhi Jal Board had said.
In 2016, the government decided against following the auto mechanism and put another hike on hold. The current hike comes three months after Kejriwal took over the ministerial portfolio of water after the removal of Kapil Mishra.