Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal announces free water
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal delivered on the AAP’s promise of its poll manifesto by announcing 20 kilo litres of free water a month to all metered households. The decision was questioned by Congress, saying every citizen of Delhi must be provided 700 litres of free water per day.
However, there is a condition that those consuming above this limit will have to pay as per tariff, increased by 10%, effective Jan 1, 2014. The promise of 700 litres of free water to every Delhi household was made in the AAP poll manifesto. The cost of providing the free water would be borne by the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) for the first three months. Though AAP were to provide for 700 litres of water per day to every household but the DJB in its final calculations arrived at the figure of 667 litres per day or 20 kilo litres a month to be provided to those households with regular connections.
In another step, the AAP government, which had promised to go over the problems of auto-rickshaw drivers, new Transport Minister Saurabh Bharadwaj decided to issue 5,500 inter-state permits for them to commute within the National Capital Region.