Five months after the Delhi government announced its free water scheme, the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) on Tuesday said the number of functional meters in the capital have increased by 75,000.
Officials also said that nearly six lakh consumers have benefited from the scheme.
“An analysis of water bills have revealed that people living in small households are getting maximum benefit of this scheme,” said a senior DJB official.
Stating that the board had completed a bi-monthly data collection round recently, the official said, “The data collected from the second round of billing shows that people are coming forward to install water meters and are reducing water consumption to get the benefit of the scheme. Between rounds I and II, the number of functional meters increased by 75,000.”
In March this year, the government had announced free monthly water supply up to 20,000 litres to households.
According to DJB officials, areas which saw a large section of residents availing the scheme include Rohtas Nagar, Vishnu Vihar, Rajapuri, Raja Nagar and Indra Park Palam, among others.