After two years of zero hike, the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) on Tuesday announced a 20% combined increase in water tariffs and sewer charges for those consuming above 20,000 litres per month.
New rates will be effective from February 1, 2018.
The Delhi Jal Board, in its 135th Board meeting held on Tuesday (December 26, 2017) decided to continue its three-year-old scheme for providing 20,000 litres of water free to every household per month with a metered connection.
The DJB, in the past, has been following the practice of hiking water charges by 10% every year and the last such hike was in January 2015. There were no hikes in 2016 and 2017 and this hike is for the year 2018; only hike for three years (2016, 2017 and 2018).
The present government since it assumed office on February 14, 2015, did not allow hike till now.
In Tuesday’s Board meeting it was decided that in keeping with the expenditure incurred due to the implementation of Seventh Pay Commission and execution of ambitious projects, a marginal combined hike of 20 % for those consuming over 20,000 litres per month along with sewer charges be implemented from February 1.
The tariff for water above 20,000 litres per month was earlier Rs 286.89, now after the increase, it will be Rs 315.05, an increase of Rs 28.16 per month.
Similarly, for consuming 23,000 of water per month earlier would cost Rs 465.55 per month but now it will cost Rs 514.79 per month, an increase of Rs 49.24 per month.
For consumption of 25,000 litres of water per month, the bill now will be Rs 599.14 which earlier used to be Rs 535.86; an increase of Rs 63.28 per month.