Arvind Kejriwal keeps poll promises, slashes power tariff, gives 20,000 litres water free per house

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Manish-SisodiaDelhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s government on Wednesday slashed power tariff by 50 per cent for consumption up to 400 units per month and launched a free water scheme in line with election promises made by the Aam Aadmi Party.

The government also announced free 20,000 litres of water to every household per month. However, consumers will have to pay for water if the consumption limit exceeds 20,000 litres.

The announcements came on Wednesday during the press conference held by Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.

The free water scheme will come into force from March 1, 2015. Sisodia said consumers getting free water will not be required to pay for sewer charges.

On the free power scheme, Sisodia said government will review the power rates after Comptroller and Auditor General completes audit of the accounts of the power discoms.

The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The cut in tariff will be effective from Sunday.

In its manifesto, AAP had promised to cut power tariff by 50 per cent immediately after coming to power and said the rates will be revised based on the findings of an CAG audit which the Kejriwal government had announced during its first stint from December 28, 2013 to February 14, 2014.

The free water scheme was discontinued after Kejriwal quit on February 14, 2014.