New Delhi: Beginning today power and water bills in Delhi are set to rise sharply.
Effective today, the up to 20,000 litres of per month free water scheme ends in the national capital.
The 10 percent tariff hike also kicks in from today for those enjoying free water. The hike has already been in effect since January for the rest of the consumers.
All this is because the Aam Aadmi Party government, which launched the free water scheme, is no more in power and the budgetary support for the scheme ended yesterday – the last day of the 2013-14 fiscal year.
At a board meeting earlier this month, DJB officials said the subsidy's continuation was subject to availability of funds from Delhi government since the board had decided DJB would fund the scheme till March 2014 and the government would arrange funds subsequently.
Similarly, the 50% subsidy provided on power tariffs also comes to an end and Delhiites will now have to pay full bills beginning April 1.
The AAP government had subsidised power by 50% for houses consuming up to 400 units per month.