Manish Sisodia
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The Aam Aadmi Party's decision to raise water tariff in Delhi by 10 per cent has been severely criticised by its rivals, the Congress and the BJP.

The hike in the water tariff was decided by Delhi Jal Board in its 121th Board Meeting, which was led by Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia.

It was decided that residents consuming more than 20, 000 litres of water per month would have to pay 10 per cent extra tariff with immediate effect. However, people consuming less than 20,000 litres will not be affected by the hike.

While the BJP state president Satish Upadhyay said the "conditions" to AAP's promises are being revealed now, Congress leader Ajay Maken said it will lead to "additional burden" for Delhi residents, according to a PTI report.

"It is shocking that in today's important meeting of Delhi Jal Board no proposal has come for laying new water supply line in any area of Delhi but instead the Board has come up with a proposal to buy 250 new tankers," Upadhyay was quoted as saying.

At the Delhi Jal Board meeting, a decision to regularise all unauthorised water connections for a payment of Rs 3,310 (earlier Rs 20,000) was also taken. "This will help DJB enforce better water accounting as well as reduce non-revenue water," a senior government official was quoted as saying.