Delhi: On the first anniversary, the Delhi government on Sunday said that the water bills of households pending till November 2015 will either be waived-off partly or fully.
Arvind Kejriwal was addressing a gathering to mark the one year of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government. He stated that numerous families had got inflated bills at some point and had stopped paying water bills.
The economically weaker sections will also, receive a full waiver up to November 30, while others will enjoy the concessions of 25 to 75 per cent depending on their economic category.
The concession was on the condition that the affected households will be receiving functional water meters, said Water Minister Kapil Mishra.
“There have been cases where people got inflated bills. To avoid paying such bills, they stopped paying every bill, posing a huge problem for our accounts department,” he said.
“It was posing an unnecessary burden on us, and we knew this amount wasn’t recoverable.
“This waiver will help all of us to start anew. And households will resume paying bills and will also go for functional meters,” said Mishra.
The Delhi Jal Board supplies potable water to over 19 lakh households in the capital.
Kejriwal said his government was working towards making piped water available to almost all the households in the city.
“By March-end, piped water will reach 268 colonies. And by December 2017 almost every household in Delhi will get drinking water through pipelines,” added Mishra.