A day before it completes one year in power in the capital, the AAP government approved an amnesty scheme for arrears on water bills, with sources saying details of the scheme will be announced Sunday.
“The Cabinet Saturday approved an amnesty scheme for arrears on water bills. The scheme entails incentives for those willing to clear the arrears on water bills,” said a government source. The government had earlier issued a similar scheme for pending electricity bills.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal released the Delhi Jal Board’s (DJB) list of “achievements” in the first year and spoke about the implementation of its free water scheme.
“The government implemented its poll promises from day one itself, something unheard of in modern Indian politics. The Delhi government implemented the provision of free water up to 20 kilolitres per family per month. This policy benefited all stakeholders as citizens reaped rewards of zero billing, cross subsidy bolstered revenue and incentivised lower usage,” said Kejriwal.
From organisational water distribution audits to demand-side planning, supply management and water accounting to people-oriented policies, the report spoke about the manner in which improvements have been made in the water sector.
“The policy of removing mixed water tariff benefited lakhs of traders as well as small business persons who had non-intensive use of water but had to pay commercial water rates, and are now rid of this excessive burden,” Kejriwal further said.
Elaborating on some of the key steps taken by the DJB in the last one year, DJB Chairperson Kapil Mishra said, “A transparent tanker water distribution system was implemented using GPS/GPRS with schedules of operation available online, eliminating unscrupulous elements.”