Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who completed one year in power on Sunday with the slogan ‘pehla saal bemisaal’, said that his government would waive off the pending water bills till November.
Addressing a gathering to mark one year of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said numerous families that had got inflated bills at some point had stopped paying water bills.
While the economically weaker sections will get a full waiver up to November 30, others will enjoy concessions of 25 to 75% depending on their economic category, he said.
Water minister Kapil Mishra said that this concession was conditional upon the affected households going for functional water meters.
“There have been cases where people got inflated bills. To avoid paying such bills, they stopped paying every bill, posing a huge problem for our accounts department,” he said.
“It was posing an unnecessary burden on us, and we knew this amount wasn’t recoverable.”
“This waiver will help all of us to start anew. And households will resume paying bills and will also go for functional meters,” Mishra said.
The Delhi Jal Board supplies potable water to over 19 lakh households in the capital.
Kejriwal said his government was working towards making piped water available to almost all the households in the city.
“By March-end, piped water will reach 268 colonies. And by December 2017 almost every household in Delhi will get drinking water through pipelines.”
Kejriwal further said his government slashed electricity prices soon after coming to power.
“We were hopeful that irregularities by discom companies will come into view after the CAG audit. We are hopeful to win this case in the SC and electricity prices will further come down after CAG audit,” he added.
Expressing his delight on completing one year in office, Kejriwal earlier said the bonding between the AAP and national capital is ‘deep and everlasting’.
“Last year, on this day, Delhi fell in love with AAP. This bonding is deep n everlasting,” Kejriwal said in a tweet.
The AAP formed the government on February 14, 2015, following the landmark victory in the Delhi Assembly polls, grabbing 67 of the total 70 seats.
Kejriwal took as the Chief Minister exactly a year after he resigned after 49 days in power.