Arvind Kejriwal’s claim that Delhi gets round-the-clock power supply and that too at the cheapest rates in the country, was not accepted by BJP leaders, who attacked the Aam Aadmi Party government on Tuesday over the lack of water and power supply in the city.
BJP leader and former Union minister Vijay Goel launched an indefinite dharna at the Delhi Jal Board headquarters demanding an immediate solution to the “water crisis”, while New Delhi MP Meenakshi Lekhi staged a similar protest at DJB’s RK Puram office.
Goel, who was accompanied by MLA OP Sharma and other party leaders, had an argument with DJB officials over the complaints on water supply.
“They have no clue as to how many complaints they have received. They don’t have any knowledge about the areas where people have been getting contaminated water or no water at all. They have no plans to resolve the crisis. We have gheraoed the CEO office, will not let him leave tonight,” Goel said.
The protest was underway even as senior DJB officials assured redressal of the protestors’ grievances.
DJB vice-chairman Dinesh Mohaniya accused the BJP of politicising the issue.
Chief Executive Officer of the DJB Nikhil Kumar said the officials have been directed to redress complaints of protesters in the shortest possible time.
DJB takes care of water supply and sewerage system in the national capital.
“As the CEO of DJB, I have heard the issues of the people gathered here. Officials have been given strict instructions to redress their grievances in the shortest time,” Kumar said.
Goel was, however, unrelenting. He said unless DJB assures to issue advertisements in newspapers publicising its grievance redressal system, the sit-in will continue.
The BJP leaders have been cornering the ruling AAP over power and water supply that it counts among two of its most significant achievements since coming to power in Delhi in 2015.
Meanwhile, Delhi unit president Manoj Tiwari wrote to Chief Minister Kejriwal a letter drawing his attention to “power outages” and “acute water crisis” gripping the national capital.
Tiwari said that BJP workers and leaders will not allow the Kejriwal government to “sit idle” while people are suffering due to “crisis” of power and water supply.
Charging Kejriwal government of being “visionless”, he claimed that it “failed” to come out with a summer action plan to ensure proper power supply to the people. Goel too charged that there was no summer action plan for water supply in the city.
“The summer action plan for power supply has to be ready by February every year but it is appalling to learn that the government led by you does not have the summer action plan in place till date,” Tiwari wrote to Kejriwal.
He also claimed that many areas of the city were facing “outages” due to “inadequate” power supply.
Citing problems faced by people due to “scarcity” of water, Tiwari said, “It is very unfortunate that people are facing water crisis although the Chief Minister himself is chairman of Delhi Jal Board.”
He asserted that every house in the city will have supply of piped water four years after BJP comes to power in Delhi.
Tiwari also alleged that tanker mafia were having a “field day” even as people are facing problems of shortage and poor quality of water supply.
He also alleged that there is a daily shortage of 230 MGD of water per day and around 37 lakh people are not getting water supply in the city.
Rejecting the charge, DJB Vice-Chairman Mohaniya said in many areas, such as in Anand Parbat, geographical constraints don’t allow the DJB to lay water and sewer pipelines.
“They always tell half truth. It’s not that only Delhi has been facing issues. The entire country is reeling under a severe heatwave and facing water shortage. We have been supplying water beyond our capacity. Our supply hasn’t declined, but the demand has been increasing due to the oppressive heat,” Mohaniya said.
“All rivers, lakes and ponds across the country are running dry. But, instead of helping people in such a situation, the BJP is politicising the issue,” he alleged.
With Inputs From PTI