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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