In a month from now stealing water or wasting it will be an expensive proposition for the Capital’s citizens. The Delhi High Court has appointed three special magistrates with powers to impose penalty for misusing water or stealing it.
The special magistrates will initially operate in East Delhi, South Delhi and North Delhi, which report the maximum misuse of water, said Delhi Jal Board Chief Executive Officer Ramesh Negi on Wednesday.
“The magistrates have been appointed, but now the matter will be referred to the Union Urban Development Ministry and the Delhi Government needs to notify the appointments. All this should take about a fortnight and we will have the magistrates working from next month,” he said.
The Delhi Water Board Act, 1998, has provision to levy penalty for offences such as use of potable water for non-domestic purposes, occupation of new premises without arrangement for water supply, failure to give notice of intention to make addition to buildings, denying permission to enter the premises to inspect water sewer lines and even for execution of work by a person other than a licensed plumber.
The Act empowers them to levy fines from Rs.100 to 500 per day. Offences like non-removal of private online booster can invoke a penalty of Rs.2,000 besides confiscation of the booster while construction or occupation of new premises without drains can incur a fine of Rs.10,000.
Sources in Jal Board said the move would help strengthen its ongoing initiative to check misuse of water and tap leaks.