Under the leadership of Vijender Gupta & Pawan Sharma
DELHI BJP HOLDS MASSIVE DEMONSTRATION PROTESTING WATER TARIFF HIKE NEAR CHIEF MINISTER RESIDENCE
The Effect Of Kejriwal Government's Water Tariff Hike Will Severely Effect All Non Metered Connection Consumers Along with Those Metered Consumers Consuming Above 20000 litres As Their Entire Consumption Will Be Billed At Raised Rates -MANOJ TIWARI
New Delhi, 28th Dec. Delhi BJP today held a massive demonstration near Chief Minister's residence to protest the 20% water tariff hike announced by Delhi's Arvind Kejriwal Government.
Leader of the Opposition in Delhi Assembly Shri Vijender Gupta & senior leader Shri Pawan Sharma led the large demonstration coordinated by Shri Rajeev Babbar and attended by senior pradesh office bearers Shri Ravinder Gupta, Shri Rajesh Bhatia, Shri Jai Prakash, Shri Mohan Singh Bisht Shri Abhay Verma, Smt. Punam Prashar Jha, Smt. Monica Pant, Smt. Yogita Singh, Smt. Meenakshi, Shri Sanjiv Sharma, Shri Gajendra Yadav, Shri Vikram Bidhuri, Shri Tajinder Pal Singh Baggha, Shri Sunil Yadav, Shri Mohd. Harun, Shri Manish Singh, Shri Gaurav Khari, Shri Mohan Lal Gihara, Shri Arvind Garg, Shri Roshan Kansal, Shri Manoj Shaukeen, Shri Ramesh Khanna, Shri Suman Prakash Sharma, Shri Rohtas Vidhuri, Shri Ajay Mahawar, Shri Kailash Jain, Shri Lalit Joshi, Shri Ram Kishore Sharma alongwith thousands of party workers.
Addressing the demonstrators Shri Vijender Gupta said that Arvind Kejriwal came to power promising free water for all and electricity at half the then prevailing rates for all consumers but soon after it ditched the citizens on both issues. In water supply they made it a cap of 20000 litres per month only for metered connection instead of giving free water for all. The consumers living in cooperative societies, unauthorized colonies or in jhuggi clusters got no benefit as they did not have metered connection.
Shri Gupta said till few months ago Kejriwal Government claimed that Delhi Jal Board was making profit but now all of a sudden the Chief Minister has announced a 20% tariff hike which would mean an additional burden of Rs. 500 to 600 crores a year on the consumers. After the 20% hike today the people of Delhi feel doubly cheated firstly having been denied free water and now with this tariff hike despite Jal Board's good financial health claim of the Government.
Shri Pawan Sharma said Kejriwal Government has totally disappointed lacs of people living in unauthorised colonies across the city by denying them proper water supply. Even 3 years after Kejriwal Government's regime people in unauthorized colonies are still forced to bank on unrealiable supply through water tankers. Free water is a dream for them.
Shri Rajiv Babbar, Shri Ravinder Gupta, Shri Rajesh Bhatia, Shri Jai Prakash, Shri Abhay Verma and few others who also spoke said people of Delhi are being forced to pay price for the rampant corruption in Delhi Jal Board as the Water Tanker scam which started during Sheila Dixit regime continues under Kejriwal Government too. Delhi BJP Office bearers announced that our demonstrations against the water tariff hike will continue and we will force the Kejriwal Government to withdraw the hike.
Delhi BJP President Shri Manoj Tiwari has said that the effect of Kejriwal Government's 20% hike in water tariff will fall most severely on those consumers who have non metered connections as they will be billed at raised rates for entire consumption. Similarly all consumers using above 20000 litres and having metered connection too will be billed at revised rates for entire consumption. This will severely hit entire middle class on one hand and especially those residing in Group Housing Societies, Unauthorised Colonies or Jhuggi Clusters who don't have metered connections.
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