Delhi Congress accuses AAP of water crisis to begin ‘Jal Satyagrah’

Hitting out at the Aam Aadmi Party’s government in Delhi over failure to provide clean drinking water and the ‘Tanker Mafia’ here, Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee(DPCC) led by president Ajay Maken, will kick off a month-long “Jal Satyagraha” agitation beginning June 1.

The agitation will be carried out in all the Assembly constituencies of the city, specially those with large concentration of JJ clusters, unauthorised colonies, and where the poor live.

Despite the Chief Minister himself being the DJB chairman, the city is suffering from acute water shortage and nothing is being done in this regard, whereas earlier Mr Kejriwwal promised to give free drinking water to the people,but their throats are parched and the situation is only going to get worse in the coming days, Mr Maken said.

”During the Congress regime, the water treatment capacity was increased from 591mgt to 906mgt while the AAP Government did not make any increase in the water treatment capacity, despite the population of Delhi increasing”, said the DPCC president.

Attacking the AAP government over the water tanker mafia issue , Mr Maken said, ”The AAP government ended the GPS tracking system for water tankers that was brought in by the Congress Government in Delhi in view of controlling and ending the tanker mafia”.

Furthering his attack over the tanker mafia issue , Mr Maken said that, Mr Arvind Kejriwal, who had boasted of ending the control of the tanker mafia in Delhi before the elections, has not only failed to rein-in the tanker mafia, but has instead increased the number of tankers, adding that the AAP Government hired 56 more tankers than the previous years.

DPCC chief also pointed out at the quality of water supplied to Delhiites, stating that several areas in the Capital must be drinking non-potable water.  ”Water supplied to the citizens should be as per BIS 10500-2012, during 2017 the per cent of non-satisfactory samples collected and tested by the quality control personnel was 2.3 per cent which increased to 3.99 per cent in 2018. Shri Maken said these facts point to the fact that several areas in the Capital must be drinking non-potable water”, He said adding that this fact can be corroborated from the complaints received on the helpline during 2018;, that have increased in almost all the five divisions of the DJB.

Mr Maken also stressed upon the fact that DJB on its website has not given the details of the daily water production reports since 20-2-2018, drinking water quality report since February 2, daily drinking water quality report since March 8 and daily STP report since March this year.

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