Thursday, 19 January 2012
BJP condemns Delhi Government decision
Appointing Recovery Agents for DJB dues is an oppressive & despotic decision - Vijender Gupta
BJP Delhi Pradesh President Shri Vijender Gupta has termed the decision to appoint private agents for the recovery of bills of Delhi Jal Board as a despotic decision and said that this decision of Delhi Government is one more step in the direction of privatisation of water supply. This decision will lead to oppression of poor consumers and increase corruption.
The Chairperson of DJB is the Chief Minister herself, but inspite of it she has completely failed to curb water theft being committed in the name of water leakage. DJB is the most corrupt department of Delhi Government. In place of punishing the corrupt Engineers and Officers of DJB which has become a den of corruption, Government has always tried to cover up their corruption. The truth is that water theft in Delhi is being committed with the connivance of DJB and private water mafia since years. Many high profile persons of the ruling party are involving in it. Hence the Chief Minister has not taken any concrete steps to end corruption in the DJB in her 13 years tenure.
Shri Gupta told that now water is being supplied at higher rates than the power. Although water is more costly yet 50% of Delhi's population is not being supplied filtered water. People are getting supply of water from private sources at any cost. During the last three years the water charges have increased by 250%. Inspite of this hefty bills are being served to the people. Notice for disconnection of water supply is being served in case of failure to pay the bill. Earlier in the slum clusters and rehabilitation colonies water bill of only Rs. 150 was being served. Now this bill is of less then Rs.1600. In the year 2008 the minimum water charge was zero. Now this charge is Rs. 2.20 per kilo litre. In addition sewer charge at the rate of 60% is also being recovered. DJB is recovering minimum of Rs. 27.50 per kilo litre from the poor also. Besides this service charge is also recovered. Under commercial category the maximum charge is Rs. 110 per kilo liter. Nowhere in the country water supply is so much costly.
According to the latest rates of DJB if any person uses 110 or more kilo litre of water then he will have to pay at the rate of Rs. 110 per kilo liter. Besides this he will have to pay service charge of Rs. 990 also. In West Delhi the people are complaining of arbitrary bills. In Janak Puri, Vikas Puri, Tilak Nagar, Rajouri Garden, Tagore Garden, Punjabi Bagh, Moti Nagar etc. areas, bill for the period of two months is of 4 to 8 thousand rupees. When people complaint nobody listens to them. They are also being threatened of disconnection of water supply.