Delhi Jal Board Hikes Water Tariff By 20 Percent Above 20,000 Litres

| December 26 , 2017 , 15:20 IST

The Delhi Jal Board on Tuesday increased the water tariff in the city by 20 percent for the use of water above the subsidised 20,000 litres per month. The new rates will be applicable from January 1.

The decision to increase the water tariff was taken at a meeting chaired by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Media in-charge of Aam Aadmi Party and press adviser to the Delhi CM, Nagendar Sharma confirmed the hike in a tweet, saying "NO change in water tariff in Delhi for households using upto 20,000 litres per month for third consecutive year. Above 20,000 litres, a 20% combined hike on water & sewer charges approved in Delhi Jal Board meeting".

In Delhi, 700 litres of water per day and 20,000 litres of water per month is free to each and every household, as per the free water scheme launched by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in March 2015.

However, even a single litre above the sanctioned 20,000 litres would be chargeable.

In 2015, a month after AAP formed the government in Delhi, the water tariff by 10 percent. As per the existing rates, for domestic users consuming between 20,000 litres and 30,000 litres of water per month, the service charge is Rs 219.62 while the volumetric charge is Rs 21.97 per 1,000 litres. Those using more than 30,000 litres of water a month would be charged Rs. 292.82 as service charges and Rs. 36.61 per 1,000 litres in volumetric charge.