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50 pc cut in power tariff, free wifi, water among AAP promises

Kejriwal said AAP will ensure up to 20 kilolitres (20,000 litres) of free water to every household per month.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi |
Updated: January 31, 2015 8:34:35 pm


Immediate 50 per cent cut in power tariff, free Wi-Fi across Delhi, installation of 10-15 lakh CCTV cameras for women security, making water a legal right and bringing down the VAT significantly are among 70 promises the AAP made in its manifesto to make Delhi a “truly” global city and ensure inclusive growth for all sections.

The Aam Aadmi Party also promised to build two lakh public toilets across Delhi, set up 20 new colleges, regulate fees of private school, add 30,000 more beds in Delhi hospitals and create eight lakh new jobs in the next five years if it comes to power.

Releasing the manifesto, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal said it was prepared after four months of intense research and that it was party’s “Geeta, Bible, Quran and Guru Granth Sahib” which will be implemented point-by-point if voted to power.

Kejriwal announced that if an AAP government comes to power, electricity tariff will be slashed by 50 per cent immediately and a thorough audit of the private power distribution companies will be carried out based on which rates will be revised.

The Congress in its manifesto had promised to cut power tariff to Rs 1.50 per unit for consumption up to 200 units per month against current rate of Rs 2.80. During its first tenure, the AAP government had halved the power tariffs for monthly consumption up to 400 units.

Among the significant announcements in the manifesto, the party promised to push for Delhi’s statehood and bring down the VAT charges to the lowest level among all states and Union Territories within five years.

In order to ensure women security, the party promised to install 10-15 lakh CCTV cameras all over the city along with ensuring a security guard in every bus.

“If 15,00O CCTV cameras can be installed for Barack Obama, why can’t the same be done for our mothers and sisters? We will install 10-15 lakh CCTV cameras along with putting a security guard in every bus,” the former Chief Minister said.

Kejriwal said AAP will ensure up to 20 kilolitres (20,000 litres) of free water to every household per month and the scheme will be extended to group-housing societies. He said the mandatory annual 10 per cent hike in water tariff will be abolished. He said AAP will make water a legal right.

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