In a meeting of the Punjab cabinet on Monday, CM Charanjit Singh Channi announced that the state government will waive all pending bills of rural and urban areas.
In addition, he also announced introducing a monthly flat rate of Rs 50 per connection.
This waiver in water bills for rural areas would put a burden of Rs 1,200 crore on the state exchequer, the waiver for urban areas would put a burden of Rs 700 crore.
Additionally, he also announced that there will no water tariff for a plot size upto 125 sq. yards.
The Cabinet decided that in future, the state government would pay the electricity bills of public health tubewells supplying potable water in rural and urban areas.