With a view to makeover Delhi’s water and sewerage management system, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday took charge of the water department.
This is the first time Kejriwal has assumed charge of any ministry or department after he became the Chief Minister in February 2015.
After winning the Delhi Assembly elections two years ago, Kejriwal had said he would not keep any portfolio with him but monitor everyone’s work for better governance.
Kejriwal will now head the Delhi Jal Board, which is responsible for supplying potable water to people in the capital.
The water department was earlier with Rajendra Pal Gautam, who still holds the departments of social welfare, Gurudwara elections and cooperatives.
Gautam was given the water portfolio three months ago after Kejriwal sacked minister Kapil Mishra.
During the 49-day AAP government in 2013-14, Kejriwal had five departments with him including Power, Finance, Planning, Vigilance and Home.