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Now, babus to benefit from slashed power, water tariffs

The areas under the jurisdiction of the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) have been entitled to get water and electricity at subsidised rates from Saturday. The resolution for the same was passed by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who was sworn-in as NDMC member on Friday.

“Kejriwal passed a proposal to implement 50 per cent tariff reduction on consumption of electricity up to 400 units and provide 20 kilolitres of water free to all households in NDMC areas,” a senior NDMC official said on Saturday.

“The schemes together are set to cost the civic agency Rs 22.5 crore, which the Delhi government will reimburse. The scheme will be implemented with effect from Saturday,” he added.

Slashing tariffs by half for those who consume up to 400 units will benefit as much as 73 per cent of
the total consumers in NDMC areas. NDMC area comprises the territory that is popularly known as Lutyen’s Delhi. Important buildings like Rashtrapati Bhawan, Parliament House, Supreme Court, North and South Blocks fall in the area as do diplomatic missions, which function as territorial entities under the sovereign jurisdiction of their Flag States.

“NDMC itself distributes power in areas under its jurisdiction and has 70,000 consumers out of which 44,000 are domestic consumers. From the total domestic consumers, the power subsidy is going to benefit 32,000,” the official said. The decision is in line with the AAP government’s subsidy schemes for power and electricity. Besides Kejriwal, Delhi Cantonment MLA Surinder Singh and Secretary of Directorate of Education Punya Salila Srivastava were also administered oath as NDMC members during Friday’s Council meeting.
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