The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) has managed to increase revenue by Rs 170 crore in AAP government&’s maiden year, dispelling myths of poor economics and furthering positive outcomes of good governance.
Delivering on its poll promises, the government has implanted the provision of free water up to 20 kiloliters per family per month. This policy has benefited all stakeholders; citizens reaped rewards of zero billing, the cross subsidy bolstered revenue and incentivized lower usage,” Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said.
As the AAP government completes one year in power on February 14, it released a comprehensive report of achievement of the city&’s water body for the past 12 months.
Praising his government&’s efforts in the department, Kejriwal said that it is unheard of in modern Indian politics that government implemented its poll promises on the first day itself.
“The policy of removing mixed water tariff benefited lakhs of traders and small businesspersons which were non-intensive users of water but had to pay commercial water rates. They are now rid of this excessive burden,” he added.
Delhi Water Minister Kapil Mishra attributed the department&’s victories to proper demand-side planning, supply side management, organisational water distribution audit and proper water accounting tied to people-oriented planning.
Noting the Board&’s achievements, Mishra informed that unscrupulous elements operating in water supply through private tankers charging exorbitant rates have been eliminated. “A transparent tanker water distribution system was implemented using GPS/GPRS with schedules of operation available online,” Mishra said.
He added that the board helped water reach constituencies like Dwarka, Sangam Vihar and Tughlakabad, moving towards the goal of providing water as a right.
The Board has regularized unauthorized connections, provided water to over 250 unauthorized colonies. It reduced sewerage and water development charges bringing water to the poorest corners of Delhi and also ensured better water management and accounting.
DJB&’s mSeva app seeks to drive bill generation, online payments and the resolution of inflated bills.
Kejriwal released the Delhi Jal Board Annual Report of Achievements for the year 2015-16 at his resident.
Mishra and DJB CEO Keshav Chandra presented the report to the chief minister which contained the 212 achievements across nice sectors: policy-level decisions, water sector, Yamuna cleaning, e-governance, revenue, administration, reform projects, renewable energy and anti-corruption measures.