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AAP maths behind free water claim

delhi Updated: Apr 07, 2013 00:39 IST
Nivedita Khandekar
Nivedita Khandekar
Hindustan Times
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Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal claimed that his party will be able to deliver on its promise of up to 20 kilolitres free water to Delhiites since Delhi Jal Board earns “more revenue” than “expenditure”.

The Jal Board budget for 2012-2013 had mentioned estimated revenues at Rs. 1796.17 crore while the estimated expenditure at Rs. 1548.43.

The recent Comptroller and Auditor General report had also pointed out the extent of non-revenue water (water that does not earn revenue for various reasons) at 66.97%, 64.80% and 62.59% for last three years “resulting in revenue loss of Rs. 3950.90 crore.”

“DJB has about 19.50 lakh domestic consumers — one connection each — who pay rates varying in four slabs as per usage (0-10 kilolitre, 10-20 kl, 20-30 kl and more than 30 kl),” sources said.

“Now, most of the domestic consumers fall in the below 30 kl consumption slabs. The budget shows an earning of Rs. 247.74 crore over expenditure. If we add to it optimization of revenue to reduce non-revenue water, we get additional funds. So, we calculated that Rs. 464 crore would be needed by current tariff to meet the promise of 20 kl free water,” explained an AAP source.

Apart from optimisation of the Jal Board funds, Kejriwal also announced that his party will check corruption to improve efficiency and to provide relief to the people.