Delhi Jal Board on Sunday notified the massive cut in new water and sewer development charges it had announced weeks ago. The one-time, 80 per cent reduction has come into force immediately and will last till September 25, government officials said.
While the sewer development charges have been slashed from Rs 494 per sqm to Rs 100, water development charges have been reduced from Rs 440 per sqm to Rs 100 as well. The move will provide relief to lakhs of residents living in about 1,600 unauthorised colonies in the capital.
Elaborating on the manner in which the scheme was finalised, a senior DJB official said, “For quite some time, residents of various unauthorised colonies were asking for relief in payment of sewer and water development charges, as they predominantly belong to economically weaker sections and therefore unable to pay development charges of Rs 494 and Rs 400, respectively.
This is an opportunity for these people to get water and sewer connections.”
The government has also launched another scheme to regularise unauthorised water connections – existing unauthorised connections can be regularised at subsidised rates of Rs 3,310, instead of the earlier cost of Rs 18,000.
“We have simplified the process of obtaining new water and sewer connection and payment of development charges. Special arrangements have been made in all the zonal revenue offices of DJB to receive and scrutinise the applications quickly and grant new connections. Consumers can even apply online at their zonal revenue office,” the DJB official said.
Meanwhile, the DJB has launched a drive to penalise water consumers who do not have an authorised water and sewer connection or are misusing their connection for commercial purposes.
“The enforcement drive will be intensified and those who do not take a legal connection from DJB will be prosecuted,” the official said. So far, around 1,000 consumers have been booked.