Arvind Kejriwal waives late-payment charges on Water bill

New Delhi | Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday announced waiver on late-payment charges on water bill till November 30.

He said people who have got new water connections are eligible for waiver.

“When we came to power in 2015, the water condition was bad. When I was campaigning, people sat outside their homes with water bills in their hands,” Mr Kejriwal said while announcing the scheme ahead of the Delhi election next year.

CM Kejriwal said full water bills of people in categories E, F, G and H – who number around 10.5 lakh, have been waived till March 31 next year.

For those in A and B categories, the waiver is 25 per cent; for C category, it is 50 per cent, and for D category, it is 75 per cent.

“I will write letters to all water consumers in Delhi,” said Arvind Kejriwal while making the arrear waiver announcement.

Those who wish to avail the waiver will have to install water metre have to inform the Jal Board about them.

While making the announcement, Kejriwal said, “This is an open invitation to the people of Delhi to join the mainstream and install water meters. This will help us save Rs 600 crore and strengthen the economy.”

At least Rs. 2,500 crore is due from domestic water users, and Rs. 1,500 crore from commercial users, said Mr Kejriwal, who turned 51 this month.

“Anyhow we have improved the water situation in the last few years. Fifty-eight per cent colonies had water pipeline, but others used tankers. It is too sad that even after 70 years of independence, people had no water. We have put pipelines in 95 per cent colonies. The rest will be done soon and work is under process,” Kejriwal said.

This announcement follows the one he had made a while ago, giving the women commuters of Delhi Metro free rides.

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