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More pressure on your pocket

The New Year is going to burn a hole in your wallet.

delhi Updated: Jan 01, 2010 23:50 IST
HT Correspondent

The New Year is going to burn a hole in your wallet.

After hiking power, bus and metro fares, Delhiites will have to shell out more for the water they use.

A hike of over 50 per cent in water tariff that was approved by the Delhi government last month has come into force from January 1. Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had announced the hike in December.

From January 1, those using up to 10 kilolitres (1,000 litres) of water will have to pay Rs 82 — up from the existing Rs 52.

Consumption between 11 and 20 kl will cost Rs 180, up from Rs 82; the slab of 30 kl is now priced at Rs 470, up from
Rs 187. The charges for every kilolitre above 30 kl will cost
Rs 25.

The revision in water rates has also abolished the existing monthly provision of 6,000 litres (initial consumption) of free water to every household.

According to government estimates, an average Delhiite requires around 160 litre water per day.

“This is a New Year 'gift' from the government. The steep hike in food prices is already killing us and they have increased the water charges also,” said V.K. Arora, a RWA member of Krishna Nagar, an east Delhi locality.

“They should first improve the quality of water and then think about hiking the rates. The government has been hiking prices of each and everything. This isn't fair.”