New Delhi: Amidst water scarcity and drought across the country, the central government offices in the national capital have been defaulting on their dues to the Delhi Jal Board (DJB), which supplies water in the city.
According to a report, the outstanding dues of the Central Government Offices (CGO) complex located in Lodhi Road stand at Rs 188.8 crore in April.
It consumed water to the tune of Rs 85.4 lakh in the March-April billing cycle. As dues mount, so does the late payment surcharge that is as high as Rs 9.4 crore for April.
The Northern Railway owes the water board Rs 82.6 crore. The late payment surcharge for this amounts to Rs 4.1 crore. Its payment record shows it paid a princely sum of Rs 250 in the February-March billing cycle against its pending dues.
A Cabinet Secretariat office located on Lodhi Road has an outstanding bill of just Rs 21.3 lakh.
The Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited has Rs 1.1 crore as pending dues, and the Housing and Urban Development Corporation m(HUDCO), which has its office in Andrews Ganj, owes DJB Rs 63.1 lakh, while the Defence and Research Development Organisation (DRDO) has dues of Rs 97.3 lakh.
The Indian Institute of Technology also owes the board Rs 12.9 crore and an outstanding amount of Rs 64.4 lakh.
Other departments included the police station of Vijay Vihar, in Rohini which has an outstanding amount of Rs 3.9 lakh and the Anil Ambani-owned power distribution company, BSES Rajdhani Power Limited which owes the DJB a substantial amount of Rs 9.6 crore. The company’s payment history shows it last paid the water board a sum of Rs 1.3 lakh in August 2015.
Meanwhile, some of the entities claim to have settled their dues.
An official in the CGO Complex reportedly claimed that most of the outstanding dues have been settled a while ago. He was quoted that the files in the DJB move slowly and the amount paid by the CGO complex isn’t reflected in its water bill.
Contrary to the official’s claim, the DJB updates its records online daily and it takes only three days for payments made through cheque to be reflected online.