After his regular radio messages, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will reach out to Delhi through a letter that people will receive with their water bills.
In the two-page letter, Kejriwal urges the people of Delhi to avail of the amnesty scheme that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government announced on the completion of its first year.
Government officials said that although the government had waived off the payment of pending water bills upto November 2015, there were instances of people being misled by ‘agents’ who allegedly took money promising to get their water bills waived. The purpose of the letter is to reach out to the citizens of Delhi and create awareness, government officials said.
In February, the Delhi government had decided to waive off payment of water bills pending till November last year. Kejriwal had also announced a waiver on the principal amount of water bills not paid, mostly due to irregularities in bills or meter dysfunction, based on property tax category areas. The amount outstanding against consumers as on November 30 last year is Rs 2,854.80 crore, according to an official estimate.
“You might wonder how the AAP government did this? Where did so much money come from? This is the result of honesty. Delhi has an honest government today. By working honestly the government has saved thousands of crores. Let me give you an example, Recently, a flyover was built in Pitampura. The cost of that flyover was Rs 325 crore. AAP government completed it with Rs 200 crore. In the construction of one flyover, Rs 125 crore was saved. Similarly, an ITI costing Rs 24 crore was built for Rs 16 crore. We saved Rs 8 crore. This way, the Delhi government is saving a lot of money. By saving money like this, we are waiving off your old water bills,” Kejriwal’s letter in Hindi reads.
The letter also tells the reader how the government has decided to resolve complaints of faulty meters and irregular readings. Kejriwal states in the letter that citizens can themselves purchase meters from companies empaneled by the government. He also states how the Delhi Jal Board’s M-Seva App can be downloaded on smartphones and how citizens can take their own meter readings and generate their water bills.