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Seven govt agencies in Jal Board debt, utility threatens to cut supply

According to sources, the DJB has been sending reminders repeatedly to the agencies, but there has been no response so far.

New Delhi | Published: March 16, 2014 1:51:30 am

Seven government agencies — the three Municipal Corporations, Railways, Delhi Police, Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and the Delhi Education department — owe the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) a total of Rs 424 crore in arrears, sources said.

According to sources, the agencies, all of which are overdue, run the risk of losing access to water supply in the next two weeks if they fail to pay their bills soon.

Among the seven, North Municipal Corporation has the maximum dues, amounting to around Rs 248 crore. It is followed by Railways, which owes the DJB approximately Rs 46 crore.

The South and the East corporations have to pay approximately Rs 38 crore and Rs 35 crore, respectively, followed by Delhi Police which owes the water utility around Rs 32 crore. The DDA owes the DJB around Rs 21 crore, while the Education department, in the Northeast and East districts, has arrears amounting to a little over Rs 4 crore.

According to sources, the DJB has been sending reminders repeatedly to the agencies, but there has been no response so far.

The board’s non-plan budget, which it seeks to balance against the revenues earned, amounts to approximately Rs 2,200 crore. “The Director of Revenue and Member Finance have written to all of them but they just stay silent. During meetings they all say the matter will be sorted out, but then no action is taken. Now the CEO of Jal Board has also written to the North, South and East corporations,” a source said.

Sources said notices will be sent to all the agencies beginning next week. If the payment is not made within a week’s time, water supply may be cut, sources said.

“What is strange is that they are regularly paying electricity bills, but not their water bills. What makes the situation even more difficult is that if water supply is cut, places like hospitals will also suffer,” sources said.

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