Congress, BJP attack AAP over water tariff hike

Deputy CM Manish Sisodia on Thursday gave his nod to increase the water tariff with an immediate effect.

New Delhi | Published: March 19, 2015 10:41 pm
Manish Sisodia,  Arvind Kejriwal, water tariff CM Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia.

The AAP government’s decision to hike water tariff by 10 per cent in Delhi today came under attack from both BJP and Congress who accused the Arvind Kejriwal-led party of going back on its electoral promises.

While BJP state president Satish Upadhyay tersely observed that “conditions” to AAP’s promises are being revealed now, Congress chief Ajay Maken said the move would put “additional burden” on common people.

Upadhyay further termed the decision as a “stab on people’s back”.

“It is shocking that in today’s important meeting of Delhi Jal Board no proposal has come for laying new water supply line in any area of Delhi but instead the Board has come up with a proposal to buy 250 new tankers,” he said.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who today chaired the 121th Board Meeting of Delhi Jal Board, gave his nod to increase the water tariff with an immediate effect. However, people consuming water up to 20,000 litres will not be affected due to the DJB’s decision.

Maken said the government had “betrayed” the trust and confidence of the people of Delhi, who had believed in the “false promises” made by the AAP before the Delhi Assembly elections, “only to regret now”.

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  1. Ankit Das
    Mar 20, 2015 at 1:15 am
    Looks like no one read - No extra hike for people using upto 20k liters, either no one understand English properly, or just ignoring and talking about common man getting effected. Half of the people never raise issues on Agriculture budget going down, 6000 crores subsidy to corporate and so many things, but just a 10% hike (that too above 20k liters is questioned as if God has been killed) !!
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      Gopal
      Mar 20, 2015 at 2:55 am
      First they promise to make water free for a large segment of the potion. Nowhere did they promise that the rest would have their rates raised. Free water and electricity only worsens the urbanization of Delhi, damages the environment and harms neighbouring towns. Belatedly they realize that they need more money and so they raise the rates on water.This is the Congress technique repeated - harmful populism followed by the same old politics. What happened to the cost savings from a reduction in corruption and waste? Next target: nationalize the electricity distributors, blame them for corruption and then provide worse service and increase rates.
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        RS
        Mar 20, 2015 at 3:41 am
        Keep on doing stupid S#!t like this Mr. Sisodia and you will not find a place to hide your ugly mug, not in Delhi, not in any other state. You could have looked for alternative revenue sources. Even people who use more than 20000 gals, need to save money and raise their families. This hike and this early under your rule spells HUGE TROUBLE for AAP down the road. Get your head out of your @$$ and start making some good decisions for the sake of people of Delhi.
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          ithin
          Mar 20, 2015 at 3:30 am
          Maken sold votes to AAP and he is crying wolf now....Delhites need to pay for their sins.
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          1. Rajiv Pande
            Mar 20, 2015 at 3:06 am
            Seems like AAP is doing their internship in Delhi - at the cost of Delhites.
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