Ghaziabad, December 30, 2013: After ending the VIP culture in the capital, the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government on Monday fulfilled another big promise, announcing 666 litres of free water every day to each household with functional water meters. It amounts to 34 buckets of water per family of five every day.
The announcement was made by the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Delhi Jal Board, Vijay Kumar, at a press conference in front of Mr. Kejriwal’s residence at Kaushambi in Ghazaibad.
20 kilolitres of water
Mr. Vijay Kumar later told reporters: “All domestic consumers having metered connection will get 20 kilolitres of water a month free of cost, starting January 1. We will not even levy any existing charges, such as water cess and sewerage charge. But, if the consumption limit crosses 20 kilolitres, the consumer will have to pay for the total water and other charges.”
At present, consumers pay Rs. 200 for 20 kilolitre a month.
Defending the big decision, Mr. Kejriwal tweeted immediately after the announcement was made: “It is the duty of any responsible government to provide ‘lifeline water’ to its citizens. We may debate the quantum but can we argue against the principle?”