A day after Hindustan Times broke the story on how your water bill would increase by 10% every year, angry legislators cornered chief minister Sheila Dikshit on Tuesday.
Raising the issue on the floor of the House, Congress MLA from Kalkaji Subhash Chopra said the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) had broken the people's trust by clandestinely making the provision of increase of 10% in water tariff every year for the next four years.
"The DJB had increased tariff 2.5 times in December 2009. The chief minister had called a press conference on December 2 that year and announced the hike but never mentioned about the 10% annual hike. But the provision surreptitiously included in the notification
made on December 16, 2009," Chopra said.
The chief minister is also the chairperson of the DJB.
While DJB officials said there is a chart on the back of the bill that gives the new calculation but it doesn't say in black and white that the charges have gone up by 10%. Even RWAs claimed they weren't aware of any such clause. Though the DJB has also posted it on its website, residents said it doesn't mean they have advertised it.
Uttam Nagar MLA Mukesh Sharma said people in various colonies get contaminated water but the jal board has done nothing about it.
"The DJB has levied Rs 438 per square yard as development charges for laying sewer lines in unauthorised colonies besides water charges. But it has failed to provide safe water to the citizens," Sharma added.
Pointing out that thousand of people converged at the Ramlia Maidan to support Anna Hazare, Sharma said the anger in people against the city government is also increasing.