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  1. Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi hikes water tariff by 10 pct

Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi hikes water tariff by 10 pct

Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi hikes the water tariff by 10 per cent about a month...

By: | New Delhi | Updated: March 22, 2015 8:10 AM
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Arvind Kejriwal led AAP government also announced approval of 100 per cent rebate in the Late Payment Surcharge amount for domestic water consumers, who need to clear their water bills by March 31. PTI

The Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi hiked the water tariff by 10 per cent about a month after it announced a free-water scheme for people in the national capital.

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisoida, who chaired the 121st Board Meeting of Delhi Jal Board, gave his nod to the proposal for the tariff hike with immediate effect even as Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress slammed the government’s decision, saying it was a “betrayal of the people”.

According to a senior government official, the increase in tariff will be effective for households which consume more than 20,000 litres of water per month. However, people consuming under 20,000 litres will not be affected by the hike.

It was also decided to regularise all unauthorised water connections by taking a fee of Rs 3,310, which was earlier Rs 20,000, with the step aimed at encouraging consumers to go for authorised connections. “This will help DJB enforce better water accounting as well as reduce non-revenue water,” said a senior government official.

Sources also said that the government will purchase 250 water tankers so that people living in areas lacking water pipelines may get water through tankers.

Arvind Kejriwal led AAP government also announced approval of 100 per cent rebate in the Late Payment Surcharge amount for domestic water consumers, who need to clear their water bills by March 31.

On February 25, AAP government had announced a 50 per cent subsidy on monthly power consumption of up to 400 units and 20,000 litres of free water per month to all households.

Slamming the Arvind Kejriwal-led government and condemning the hike decision, Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay said that the ruling party is playing with the “sentiments of the people”.

“The government’s decision to increase water tariff by 10 per cent is a stab on peoples’ back. No proposal has come for laying new water supply lines in any area but the Jal Board has come up with a proposal to buy 250 new tankers,” he said.

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia. (PTI)

Congress also came down heavily on the AAP government with DPCC chief Ajay Maken saying that, “Government’s decision to hike the water tariff is a betrayal of the people. The move will put additional burden on the common man.

“AAP is going back on all its promises, as the 10 per cent hike in the water tariff will affect lakhs of people in Delhi and would be beyond the paying capacity of the poor people.”

At the Jal Board meeting, it was also decided to award the work costing Rs 17.36 crore for rehabilitation and automation of the Ranney wells and tube wells, which will be operated by DJB in the Palla region. The project is aimed at augmenting DJB water resources by 15 MGD.

“The government also gave a nod to the purchase of 15,000 metric tonnes of Poly Aluminium Chloride (PAC) for the year 2015-2016 at an estimated cost of Rs 17.28 crore. PAC is used as a coagulant in the treatment of raw water at various water treatment plants,” a government official said.

To bridge the demand and supply gap in the city, DJB will be looking for alternative sources of raw water.

“In pursuance of the objective of generating additional water sources, DJB has decided to construct a 40 MGD waste water treatment plant and pumping station at the coronation pillar. The plant will use tertiary treated effluents to supplement the raw water in the river Yamuna at Palla,” the official added.

DJB was also apprised of the Sewerage Master Plan-2031, which will provide sewerage facilities in all the unsewered areas of Delhi in a phased manner.

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    Rajiv
    Feb 21, 2016 at 3:38 am
    I am tired of visiting the DJB offices for the last 6 months. I am getting an inflated bill of Rs. 65000 which I am not going to pay. The website shows 0 rebate for my account. I live in Mayur Vihar, phase II. The scheme seems to be an eyewash and not a real one.
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      Rajiv
      Feb 21, 2016 at 3:35 am
      The scheme is selective and is not uniformal. I am getting an aculated bill of 65000 rupees and the website is showing 0 rebate in Mayur Vihar phase II, Delhi. Shame on the scheme writers.
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        ahalya
        Mar 20, 2015 at 7:59 pm
        That Delhi people are fools as they gave such huge mandate to AAP has again been proved. The foolish Delhi people now must suffer for their idiocy. AAP in a party liars, anarchist and power hungry people
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          Anilkumar
          Mar 20, 2015 at 4:32 pm
          It was expected!!! But, is this democracy, where people who obey rules gets hared, people who pay income tax be over burdened, people who pay water, electricity be overpriced, people who lives in bungalows gets reservation everywhere and gets free ration, people who stays in unauthorized / illegally occupied property gets free water, electricity and not to pay property tax and PEOPLE WHO OFFERS EVERYTHING FREE WIN ELECTION??
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            bal
            Mar 21, 2015 at 2:34 pm
            every party fools people with schemes before elections and after elections they are not found anywhere to do what they promised
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              aahoo
              Mar 20, 2015 at 3:42 pm
              hahaha false promises about free water to fool voters; parties should explain to the public that financial prudence needed for sustainability rather than misleading people for their vote
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                rameshwar dad
                Mar 21, 2015 at 4:34 pm
                Its a clear case of DIKHANE KE DAT AUR HAI AUR KHANE KE AUR. This govt. don't have will power to ask companies that why hike is required weather its case of power or water. They must bring professionals and technical of subject and bring down rates of services like this. Otherwise use of soft slogns for power grabbing is become aim of AAP like other parties.
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                1. Chirag Patel
                  Mar 20, 2015 at 11:51 pm
                  Dear Delhi, वो कह्ते है ना,,, की दिल्ही वाले फेल हो गये... लेकीन.... नोटंकी लाल - केजरीवाल पास हो गया... When will you learn? He left the post in 49 days because he didn't want to answer asked questions... That was not enough for stupid Delhi People - that he came with false promises - Free Water and Free WiFi - Honestly, how many of you s Delhi people got Free WiFi? Here, the water is NOT FREE no more - its going up! Yes, he (Kerjiwal) is still working CM... And I bet when he runs for PM post - Delhi will vote for that again!
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                  1. Chirag Patel
                    Mar 20, 2015 at 11:38 pm
                    अरे क्या हुआ... Free Water और Free WiFi आया ही नही... क्या हुआ... अब क्यों रो रहे हो दिल्ही वालो? पानी के भाव अब तो पहेले से भी झयदा हो गये। एक बात समजलो... मुफ्त में खाने वालो ओर खीलाने वालों की यही हालत होती हैं। अब क्यों रहे हो?
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                      Pradeep
                      Mar 22, 2015 at 8:07 am
                      I am tired of subsidizing the inefficient DJB and the politicians who do not improve the services, no upgrade of water lines, no enforcement/FIRs for the water stealers backed by the local corrupt politician. I say throw the this bum out. He has no clue what to do.
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                      1. Raj Gujral
                        Mar 22, 2015 at 9:10 am
                        I support the views of Ms Pushpa & Mr Zaffer Soni 100%.
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                          G.K. Arora
                          Mar 20, 2015 at 4:18 pm
                          It is nothing but burdening the honest consumers more. Why large number of people get free water and few other give 10% extra. The w episode of free water is nothing but to befool the people. Why free water, instead charge every one equally and if possible lower the charges for every consumer.
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                            kapila
                            Mar 20, 2015 at 10:58 pm
                            Why BLAME AAP now. Any must know that if the Govt subsidizes some thing, it will collect that loss through some other tax from ALL. Now AK may fool the public saying that he is collecting charges only from those who are consuming more than 20K liters. He ured 700 ltrs per day and if the month has 31 days it will be 21700 liters and it should be given free. But he made it 20K liters cutting 1700 already in the number game itself. Now for the remaining amount, he will tax those who are consuming less water also on some other commodity. Over-all budget for the STATE is his concern and people are fooled by one item being subsidized, turning a blind eye to the other items on which they pay more. It is perfect to call him CUNNING KEJRI. On the corruption front also nothing was done by him. Not a single congress wala was arrested or FIR filed either earlier in 49 days or so far till date in the second stint, including Shiel dixit about whom he was harping earlier. In fact AAP gave ticket to 8 of the migrants from congress and 7 from BJP calling that they are all good. Literally the corruption has come down with the EXIT OF CONGRESS AND TAKING OVER the POWER at CENTER BY BJP. Earlier when Congress was in power in States and Center daily one scandal was up. Now it is no more in power. So no graft too. There is nothing done by AAP on this score too. What for AAP was voted? That alone is the confusion of every citizen of Delhi and there is nothing wrong if the entire potion of India looks at Delhi voters as unintelligent.
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                              jeetendrea
                              Mar 21, 2015 at 1:40 pm
                              All these MLA can not not live up to their promises All are power hungry and now no MLA of AAP scene around in colonies to see their voters and meet their basic daily needs all roads in Delhi are mess and all MLA sitting in A C cabins and doing nothing except looking after themself and their own needs All are same and no one is different than the other
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                                jeetendrea
                                Mar 21, 2015 at 1:51 pm
                                Mrs kiran bedi who used to talk a lot about satyagrah and aam aadmi disappeared completely for her and not seen around and its a shame BJP MAKING SUFFER COMMON MAN BY INCREASING TAXES AND HAVE NO AGENDA EITHER. ALL BLAMED CONGRESS WHAT OTHERS DONE SO FAR LAST ONE YEAR ANY IMPROVEMENT IN LIFE OR BASIC AMENITIES NOTHING SO FAR A TOP IAS OFFICER GOT KILLED AND GOVT THINKING AND AVOIDING CBI PROBE WHY IS THAT SO they are all the same no difference
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                                  jayant
                                  Mar 20, 2015 at 5:22 pm
                                  kajri group is COMMUNISTAS Robing the rich and giving free bees to poor , but model failled in Russia and China. these NGO people enjoy 5 star culture but wear tirn clothes to show people... b bbhale Indians aur ek baar ullu ban e ji
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                                    abcd
                                    Mar 21, 2015 at 3:29 pm
                                    i dont know why people r saying Delhi fooled(AAP) what about center.. past year nothing in their control we feel fooled . price gone hike like nothing.. acheche din kab aayenge...
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                                      xyz
                                      Mar 21, 2015 at 8:49 pm
                                      He is fulfilling his promise. He is a honest corrupt person
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                                        P.N.N
                                        Mar 20, 2015 at 9:38 pm
                                        Delhites are not fools. They are living in fools paradise.
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                                          pushpa
                                          Mar 21, 2015 at 10:10 pm
                                          perfect decision . meets min requirement. But do not allow overuse.
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                                            Roshan
                                            Mar 21, 2015 at 1:47 pm
                                            Head lines should mentioned the things clearly as generally people will not go in deep and get misguided. Hike above 20000 ltrs is fair or else people will unnecessarily wasting the water which is common practice in lot of country as their mindset.
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