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Delhi govt to cut power tariff by half, launch free water scheme

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015,19:47 IST By metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | Delhi government is likely to slash power tariff by 50 per cent for consumption up to 400 units per month and launch a free water scheme today in line with election promises made by Aam Aadmi Party. Sources said the AAP government may announce free 20,000 litres of water to every household per month. The government is going to announce its decision to cut power tariff by 50 per cent, they said.
In its manifesto, AAP had promised to cut power tariff by 50 per cent immediately after coming to power and said the rates will be revised based on the findings of an CAG audit which the Kejriwal government had announced during its first stint. The AAP had also promised 20 kilolitres (20,000 litres) of free water to every household per month. The previous AAP government had introduced the free water scheme but it was discontinued after it quit.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia also announced that government will also provide 20,000 litres of free water to every household per month. However, water tariff will be charged if the consumption limit exceeds 20,000 litres. The free water scheme will come into force from March 1. Sisodia said consumers getting free water will not require to pay for sewer charges.
On the free power scheme, Sisodia said government will review the power rates after CAG completes audit of the accounts of the power discoms. In its manifesto, AAP had promised to cut power tariff by 50 per cent immediately after coming to power. The AAP had also promised 20 kilolitres (20,000 litres) of free water to every household per month. The previous AAP government had introduced the free water scheme but it was discontinued after it quit.