In a move expected to affect residents of 1,700 unauthorised colonies, the government on Tuesday reduced the sewer and water development charges collected by the Delhi Jal Board to almost a fifth. Sewer development charges have been cut from Rs 494 per sqm to Rs 100. Water development charges have also been slashed from Rs 440 per sqm to Rs 100.
“The new charges will be applicable to domestic and mixed land-use consumers up to plot size of 200 sqm for a period of three months from the date of notification. People who fail to avail this benefit within this stipulated time will have to pay the charges as per existing rates,” a government official said.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has also directed the Jal Board to organise special camps to help residents get water and sewer connections and avail the new rates.
Piped water supply is available in 917 unauthorised colonies and sewerage lines have been laid in 152, government officials said. Besides, piped water supply and sewerage services will be made available by the Jal Board in a number of new colonies during the current financial year. Residents of colonies who have recently received piped water supply can also benefit from the new rates within three months from the notification of new colonies.
The AAP had announced up to 20,000 litres of free water for every household with a metre within days of coming to power.