Delhi residents will now have to pay an additional 20 per cent for their (combined) water and sewer bill if their monthly water consumption is more than 20,000 litres. This hike was approved by the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) today.
However, DJB will continue to supply free water up to 20,000 litres to every household as per a scheme launched by the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government in 2015.
Nagender Sharma, a senior spokesperson of the Delhi government, told City Spidey that the revised rates would be applicable from February. In 2015, right after coming to power, the AAP-led Delhi government had hiked water tariffs by 10 per cent for consumers who used more than 20,000 litres of water a month.
The current hike comes exactly three months after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took the reins of DJB after removing Kapil Mishra, the minister in charge of water.
After the 20 per cent hike comes into effect, households consuming more than 20,000 litres of water a month will have to pay Rs 28 more for every litre of water consumed, stated DJB chairman Dinesh Mohania, who is also an AAP MLA.
Addressing a press conference at the Delhi Secretariat on Tuesday, Mohania said, “There is no change in water tariff for households using up to 20,000 litres per month for the third consecutive year.”
For domestic users who consume between 20,000 litres and 30,000 litres of water per month, the service charge is Rs 220 and the volumetric charge is Rs 22 per 1,000 litres. While consumers who use more than 30,000 litres of water a month will pay Rs 293 as service charge and Rs 37 per 1,000 litres as volumetric charge.