With the Delhi government’s free water scheme costing over Rs 200 crore, the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) is now looking at a slew of revenue-generating measures. From putting out advertisements on water tankers to selling by-products from sewage treatment plants, increasing the number of commercial connections to commercial utilisation of its properties, the DJB is likely to implement these measures in the next few months.
“The DJB has already announced a slew of measures for providing water to residents for free. We have been looking at ways in which the subsidy announced for the scheme can be covered by the DJB,” vice-chairman and AAP MLA from Karawal Nagar Kapil Mishra said.
One such means of boosting revenue, according to Mishra, would be allowing advertisements on DJB water tankers. “Crores of rupees are spent by the DJB in purchasing and maintaining the tankers. We are working on a plan where water tankers can carry advertisements just like cabs do. The money generated can at least take care of the operation and maintenance cost of water tankers,” he said.
Elaborating on other measures, Mishra said, “Sewage treatment plants produce some by-products such as fertilisers, gas and treated water which can be sold.”
The DJB is also planning to rent out its properties for commercial purposes and bring more customers under the commercial users bracket.
“Properties can be given out for commercial purposes. Also, there are many big malls which do not have commercial connections. There are only 6,000 commercial water connections in Delhi and we plan to increase this number. This will generate more revenue since water charges for commercial users are higher than domestic ones.”
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