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Delhi chief minister Kejriwal announces 100% waiver of late-payment charges on water bill

File photo of Arvind Kejriwal. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi Aug 27, 2019, 01.13 PM (IST)

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday announced complete waiver of late-payment charges on water bill in the national capital till November 30, news agency ANI reported. 

"We are announcing a scheme to waive arrears to clean up Delhi Jal Board's books," Delhi CM announced, adding, some of these arrears are due to consumers but some are also due to incorrect billing.

Kejriwal also urged Delhiites to install water metres. 

"This is an open invite to the people of Delhi to join the mainstream and install water meters. Only those consumers who have installed meters before 30 November will get the benefit of this scheme," he said.

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Earlier this month Kejriwal had announced that Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) bus rides for women will be free of charge from October 29.

“On the day of Raksha Bandhan, I want to give a gift to our sisters that there will be free rides for women on all DTC (Delhi Transport Corporation) and cluster buses from October 29, which will ensure their safety,” Kejriwal said.  This facility will be available in both AC and non-AC buses.

On August 1, the AAP government announced free electricity to those consuming up to 200 units a month.

The decision came into force with immediate effect, announced Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at a press conference.

"Those who consume up to 200 units in a month will have to give zero electricity bill, while those who consume between 201-400 unit will approximately get 50 per cent subsidy," said Kejriwal.

The announcements come ahead of the Delhi Assembly elections due next year. 

(With inputs from ANI)