New Delhi: In an effort to woo people ahead of assembly polls, Delhi government on Tuesday decided to slash charges for sewer development by residents of unauthorised colonies.
The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting presided by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.
She said government decided to cut sewer development charges to encourage the residents of unauthorized colonies to apply for sewer connection so as to ensure healthy ambience in such settlements.
"We have decided to provide relief to residents of unauthorised colonies falling under categories D to H," Dikshit said adding the new charges would be collected based on overall plot size of the houses.
Earlier, the Delhi Jal Board had decided to collect Rs 494 per square meter of the plotted area while granting sewer connections in unauthorised colonies.
Officials said the residents are not coming forward to take sewer connections considering the charges to be unaffordable.
"The DJB has not been facing any difficulty in recovering development charges as per actual from the unauthorized colonies under categories A to C. It was becoming difficult to collect sewer development charges in respect of colonies under D to H categories," they said.
As per the cabinet decision, the plot-holders of upto 100 square yards would be charged Rs 5,000 for sewer connection instead of Rs 41,000 calculated as per sq meter norms.
People having plot measuring 101 square yards to 250 square yards would be charged only Rs 10,000 while those having plot size between 251 sq yards and 500 sq yards will have to pay Rs 20,000.
People having plots measuring above 500 sq yards would be charged Rs 50,000 as a flat rate.
In another decision, the cabinet has given its nod to a proposal of the Health Department to increase the hospital patient care allowance to Rs 9,665 group C and D employees working in various hospitals and dispensaries.
Dikshit said it has also been decided that the allowance will go up by 25 per cent every time the dearness allowance goes up by 50 per cent.
The cabinet has also decided to grant financial compensation of Rs 5,000 each to 435 farmers whose crop was damaged by flood in Yamuna in August.
Talking about the food security scheme, Dikshit said government has taken steps to streamline the functioning of the public distribution system.
She said the cabinet has given its nod to a proposal submitted by the Department of Food and Supplies for getting a detailed study for "end-to-end computerisation of PDS system".
The department has been authorised to appoint the National Institute of Smart Government, Hyderabad, for it.
First Published: Tuesday, October 01, 2013, 21:40