People with unpaid water bills in for big rebates

The DJB will also slash connection charges to Rs 100.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: May 1, 2015 2:16 am
delhi jal board, pending water bill, pending water bill delhi, water bill, delhi water bill, delhi bill, delhi jal board water bill, delhi news, india news, indian express The DJB will also slash connection charges to Rs 100.

After waiving off surcharge fees for water consumers paying bills till March, the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) is now planning to give massive rebates on pending bills and reduce the water development charge.

While the move is expected to bring relief to residents of Delhi, senior DJB officials said that with a scheme to rationalise pending water bills, this is also expected to raise revenues.

“Water bills of many residential and commercial properties are due for long. In some cases, bills are over several lakhs of rupees. We will review all the pending cases and rationalise their bill by giving major rebates,” Kapil Mishra, AAP MLA and vice-chairman of DJB, said. “These are individual cases where no metre reading had taken place. The DJB will not suffer any losses because these were bad debts. This is in fact a revenue generation exercise,” Mishra added.

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Stating that the DJB is expected to come out with a plan in 15-20 days, Mishra further said, “We have taken feedback from MLAs for this. Each MLA has informed us that there are hundreds of such cases in their constituencies.”

Water supply was one of the key electoral promises made by the AAP during the elections where the party had claimed that citizens were getting “inflated water bills”.

Soon after coming into power in Delhi, AAP had announced 20,000 litres of free water per month to each household and waiver of accumulated late payment surcharges.

The move, the party had claimed, encouraged people to pay their actual arrears as reflected in their current bill.

The DJB is now also planning to reduce the water development charge, which is a one-time fee paid for water connection. “DJB is takes Rs 400 per square yard as a part of the water development charge from residential and commercial establishments. We are planning to reduce it to Rs 100 to make it more economical,” Mishra said.

“ We will ensure that quality water services reach every house in the city.”

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  1. P
    Pankaj soni
    Mar 13, 2016 at 6:58 am
    I will never pay my bill onwards, wait for next rebate scheme. As that will make my bill free
    1. T
      May 1, 2015 at 10:48 am
      Good encouragement for defaulters. However what is the reward for those that have paid on time? Populist schemes do not bode well for the future. Time penalties are implemented and such behavior is discouraged at the cost of abiding citizens. Local governments should be sensitive towards this.
      1. B
        May 1, 2015 at 4:30 pm
        this kejri will give free everything. The dues of defaulters giving debate is never heard off. Then now no one will pay the bills expecting one day those bills get big discount.
        1. B
          May 1, 2015 at 4:31 pm
          those who have paid promptly are the fools of delhi public. In fact really to say the Delhi public are the real fools of the world having voted such an to delhi.