The decision was taken in the council's meeting on Wednesday in which NDMC decided to implement the scheme from August 1. The decision of giving the 10 per cent rebate would help the economically weaker sections which consume 0-200 unit of electricity.
    
"The rebate will be given to people whose bill is in the slab of 0-200 units as there are a lot of consumers in this slab and most of them belong to economically weaker sections," NDMC chairperson Jalaj Srivastava said, adding around 14,000 families are likely to benefit from this decision.
    
The decision would cost the NDMC around Rs one to two crores annually. "It has an implication of roughly Rs 1-2 crores a year, which we can afford", Srivastava said.
    
The move comes days before the Election Commission brings the model code of conduct into effect for coming assembly elections which are likely to be held in November.
    
In yet another decision, the Council has decided to reduce the water tariff for 16 dhobi ghats in NDMC areas from Rs 100 per kilolitre to Rs 37.5 per kilolitre. The new rates will come into effect from September 1.

"These dhobis were billed under the maximum commercial tariff, Rs 100 per kilolitre, which is clearly excessive. Since their work is extremely water intensive, we decided to reduce the rates for them," the NDMC Chairman said.
    
The Council also decided to carry forward the arrears of the last four years of washer men till next five to six years.

(Agencies)

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