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BJP stages protest over water scarcity in Delhi

Last Updated: Friday, May 17, 2013 - 22:33

New Delhi: Delhi BJP on Friday took to streets to protest against scarcity of water in various parts of the city during summer and blamed poor water management by Congress government for the situation.

BJP activists led by Delhi unit chief Vijay Goel held a demonstration near ITO with police using water cannons and lathicharge to disperse them.

"The crisis is so acute and the common people are in such a desperate situation that Delhi could face severe water riots in days to come as it has happened earlier also," Goel said addressing BJP workers.

Ironically, while the water tariff had increased manifold during Congress regime in Delhi, there is unabated deterioration in water supply across the Capital, he said.

BJP accused the government for mishandling the situation on water supply and said that the residents had overwhelmingly passed a verdict against the Sheila Dikshit government.

Citing a CAG report, Goel said 78.38 per cent RWAs claimed that they did not receive sufficient water in summer, 57.66 per cent RWAS complained that they received water for less than two hours a day in summers 53.15 per cent RWAs felt that water supplied by DJB was unfit for drinking in summer.

He said more than 1,600 unauthorised colonies in the city housing a population of no less than 60 lakh are the worst hit with almost no piped water supply available there.

"Mere lip service of Congress leaders cannot quench the thirst of millions in this city. The tall promises and false claims by the Chief Minister, who also heads the DJB, are adding insult to injury of Delhi residents. The fact is that the CAG reports and several other inquiries have exposed massive corruption in Delhi Jal Board (DJB) which has led to this water crisis," Goel said.

PTI



First Published: Friday, May 17, 2013 - 22:33

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