Published On: Wed, Feb 25th, 2015

AAP slashes electricity rates, provides water for the people

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Party keeping up with promises

Its early days to comment on the governance of Delhi by the Aam Aadmi Party but things are looking bright for the Delhites as the party is lived upto its promise on water and electricity which had said in its election manifesto.

50% reduction in power tariff, 20000 litres of water/household per month

Acting on its poll promises, AAP government on Wednesday announced a reduction in power tariff.

“Families using power till 400 units per month will get it on half the price,” deputy CM Delhi Manish Sisodia announced in a press conference.

“Those families using more than 400 units per month will have to pay the entire bill,” Manish Sisodia added.

New Rates to be applicable from 1st March

The reduction in power tariff will benefit 90% families in Delhi, Sisodia said. The government had allocated Rs 70 crore for this subsidy for a month. From April 1, the budget allocation for this scheme will be Rs 1,427 crore per annum. Manish Sisodia also said that the Delhi government will provide 20,000 litres of free water per month to every household.

Its commitment to cheaper utilities is seen as one of the driving forces of AAP’s phenomenal result in the Delhi election last month – it won more than 95% of the seats in the Delhi assembly.

CM Kejriwal later tweeted, “We have delivered on our promises. Electricity at half-price and free water. We will make good on other promises later. Just stay with us”.

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