Delhi govt waives late payment surcharge on water bills until Dec 31
The Delhi government has decided to waive the Late Payment Surcharge (LPSC) on the water bills of domestic and commercial consumers under the latest reimbursement scheme until December 31 this year.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia chaired the 163rd board meeting of the Delhi Jal Board on Monday during which several decisions were made. He approved projects worth Rs 869 crore during the meeting.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted: “Government has taken a big step to relieve the people of Delhi from unpaid water bills. Late fees (late payment surcharge) on unpaid water bills will be waived at 100% until December 31, 2022. . That is, you can pay your old unpaid bills without worrying about late fees.”
An official statement said: “During the year 2020-21, the corona pandemic was at its peak, due to which a large number of people had to face a severe financial crisis. As a result, most of consumers were unable to pay their unpaid water bills Due to the repeated application of the LPSC, the amount of arrears increased on the higher side and consumers were unable to pay. pay the water bill.
“Considering this, consumers, elected officials, various organizations and many government institutions had appealed that by waiving the LPSC on water bills, people should be given the opportunity to pay their dues. Following this, the council has approved the waiver of the deceased Payment Surcharge (LPSC) on domestic and commercial bills,” he added.
According to the release, the current unpaid bill is Rs 27,000 crore, including Rs 22,000 crore of LPSC amount and Rs 5,000 crore of principal component.
“Delhi Jal Board is expected to deposit around Rs 2,000 crore under this scheme. This scheme will be in effect till March 31, 2023,” he said.
However, a 10% LPSC rebate will only be applicable to consumers who pay their outstanding bills under the LPSC Rebate Program by December 31 this year.
A 75% rebate will be applicable to consumers who pay their unpaid invoices under the LPSC reimbursement program during the period from January 1, 2023 to March 31, 2023.
The Delhi government has also approved various projects related to cleaning up the Yamuna.
“Under these projects, the existing 5 MGD STP at Najafgarh will be upgraded. Apart from this, the capacity of 20 MGD STP at Keshopur Phase-II and Phase-3 will be upgraded up to 60 MGD “, reads the press release.
“The treated water from these STPs is very useful and will be used for horticulture and rejuvenation of Delhi lakes etc. This will help the government to meet the drinking water demands,” Sisodia said.
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