Days after the AAP government announced that it will provide up to 20,000 litres of free water to each household every month, it has also directed the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) to waive off a late payment surcharge of around Rs 186 crore imposed on domestic consumers, government sources said.
“The government has directed DJB to waive off late payment fee of Rs 186 crore. At present, there is an outstanding bill amount of Rs 1,466 crore out of which around Rs 1,280 crore forms the principal bill amount,” a government source said.
The decision was taken on Thursday by Deputy Chief Minister and DJB chairperson Manish Sisodia. According to sources, the scheme will be applicable in cases where the bills are paid till March 31.
“If domestic consumers pay the total actual bill amount by March 31, they will not be required to pay to late payment surcharge,” the source said.
The move comes after the AAP government fulfilled one of their primary pre-poll promises of providing free water supply up to 20,000 litres to each household. Moreover, the government has also asked the DJB to come out with an action plan for meeting the increased water demand during summer months.
Four days ago, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had reiterated his government’s priorities, stating that it will ensure that every household receives piped water supply in the next five years.