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Civic body begins to charge environmental compensation fee

The VIPs residing in posh Central Delhi area will have to shell out more in their monthly bills as the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has decided to levy “environmental compensation fees” with effect from July 1.

The move comes following the directives of National Green Tribunal whereby in May this year it had directed the Delhi government, Delhi Jal Board and all municipal corporations, cantonment board, electricity companies like BSES and all other civic authorities to levy environmental compensation fee from every household which is generating sewage in the national Capital.

“In view of the directions of NGT, it has now been decided that the minimum sewerage charge to be collected from every household would be Rs. 100. If the amount of sewerage charge in a billing cycle works out to be more than Rs. 100, the actual amount of sewerage charge would be collected,” the civic body said in a statement.

Households which are not in the water billing network of NDMC, shall be required to pay environmental compensation fees as per the formula based on sanctioned load of electricity, that is up to Rs. 100 for up to 2 kW, Rs. 250 for up to 5 kW, Rs. 500 for up to 10 kW and for more than 10 kW, Rs. 1,000,” it added.

The NGT directive states that every household in the city will now have to pay a minimum environment compensation of Rs. 100 for generating sewage. The compensation in this regard would be directly proportional to the property tax or water bill whichever is higher and for those who reside in unauthorised colonies or not paying water bills, it would be in the range of Rs. 100-500.

“Households which have water connection (sewered and unsewered) and are availing any kind of rebate in water charges or getting or will get free water at any stage in future would also be required to pay environmental compensation fees in accordance with the slab of fee,” the civic body said in a press statement.



The move comes following the directives of National Green Tribunal whereby it had directed the Delhi government, Delhi Jal Board and all municipal corporations and all other civic authorities to levy environmental compensation fee from every household which is generating sewage in the national Capital



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