AAP-led Delhi Jal Board provides golden opportunity for regularization of domestic unauthorized water connections

  • DJB provides golden opportunity for regularization of domestic unauthorized water connections
  • Charges reduced from Rs. 18,644 to Rs. 3,310 for regularization of domestic unauthorized water connections
  • The new scheme notified on 28.05.2015

DJB has notified today a new scheme for regularization of domestic unauthorized water connections. The scheme was approved by the Board in its last meeting. Under the new scheme the regularization charges have been substantially reduced. It is another major step by DJB towards enforcing better water accounting as well as reduction in the non-revenue water. It is also aimed at bringing more consumers in the billing net of DJB. Presently, DJB has 2.15 lakh consumers and it is estimated that a number of households/establishments are outside the DJB Billing network.

Under the new scheme the domestic consumers having unauthorized water connection(s) can apply for regularization of water connection by paying the nominal amount of Rs. 3310 only. Earlier such consumers had to pay Rs. 18, 644 which included penalty and water charge in the domestic category for three years plus other regular initial charges, for the regularization of an unauthorized water connection.

The measure is focussed on providing convenience to consumers and the Board is encouraging more and more people to apply for regularization of domestic unauthorized water connections to bring them into the ambit of its water and sewage network.   Recently the Government of NCT of Delhi has also reduced the water and sewer development charges by almost 80%. This decision coupled with the notification issued today to liberalize regularization of unauthorized connections in entire Delhi will bring a big relief to the citizens. It will also encourage people to regularize their water connections at a low cost in a hassle free manner. The number of consumers is expected to grow sharply, increasing revenue of DJB and bring down non-revenue water.

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