Newly appointed Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was unwell and could not attend the office today, but he did attend the meeting with Delhi Jal Board officials at his residence. In the meeting he decided to supply 666 litres of free water to every household in Delhi.
He fulfilled his first poll promise that was made in the AAP's election manifesto, that every household in Delhi will get 700 litres of water free of cost within 24 hours of AAP gaining power. Even the families in unauthorised slums are eligible to avail free water.
The Delhi Jal Board Chairman Vijay Kumar in a press conference today said that 666 liters of water per day would be supplied free of cost to the domestic consumers residing in Delhi with a functional meter.
This will come into effect from 1 January 2014. However, domestic consumers who will exceed the limit of 20 kilo liters per month have to pay for the whole usage.
Arvind Kejriwal was suffering with high fever and diarrhoea since yesterday, but to decide on the matter of free water supply he called the meeting of Delhi Jal Board officials at his home in Kaushambi. The free water scheme will be initially for the first three months starting from January to March 2014.
After free water supply the next major promise that AAP has to fulfil is reduction in power tariff by 50% from the present level. There were media reports that to reduce the power cost the Delhi government may give subsidy to the consumer to a limit of 400 units.