Tuesday, 22 May 2012
On first day of Legislative Assembly Session
BJP will stage Dharna-Demonstration on 28th May in entire Delhi to protest against severe scarcity of water and power – Vijender Gupta
In view of severe scarcity of water and power in the capital BJP has decided to stage Dharna-Demontration at all the Offices of DJB including its headquarters from 10.00am on the 28th May and awaken Delhi Government about the problems of the people of Delhi. If the Government does not solve the problem then this movement will be made more forceful.
This information was given by BJP Delhi Pradesh President Shri Vijender Gupta to the Press Persons here today. He told that the session of Delhi Legislative Assembly is going to start on 28th May. BJP had decided to stage demonstrations on the 28th May to awaken the Government which is insensitive on this issue. On this day Dharna-Demonstration will be staged not only in entire Delhi but all the Legislators shall attack the Government on the problem of Power and Water inside the Legislative Assembly.
According to Shri Gupta on the 28th May, thousands of BJP workers shall assemble at the Headquarters of DJB, Varunalaya at Jhandewalan, in addition to other prominent offices of the Board in Delhi, namely Rohini Sector-15, Narela, Budh Vihar, Piragarhi, Beriwala Bagh, Subhash Nagar, Delhi Gate, Najafgarh, Main Road Palam, Okhala Industrial Area-I, R.K. Puram Sec-7, Vikas Marg, Mayur Vihar-II, Dilshad Garden, Main Wazirabad Road, Sonia Vihar Water Plant, Idgah, Chandgi Ram Akhada, Delhi Legislative Assembly and Ashok Vihar Water Tank area etc. and awaken the deaf and dumb Delhi Government.
Shri Gupta told that the Chief Minister of Delhi Sheila Dikshit is bent upon privatizing water supply on the lines of power privatization. Hence Delhi Government is compelling the people to crave for drops of water deliberately so that it may hand over the work of water supply to black listed Multi National Companies in the name of scarcity of water and earn crores of rupees. At present the requirement of water in Delhi is about 1100 MGD. Only 400 MGD are being supplied to the people through all the sources. Even the water supplied is polluted and dangerous for health. By testing the samples of water supplied this fact has been proved. Due to the negligence of DJB, people have been supplied water mixed with sewage at many places due to which people are becoming victim of various diseases. At many places the pipeline of DJB are rusting and at many places water leaks.
In view of the acrimony of the people against privatization of power, the Chairperson of DJB Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has planned to privatize water supply in phases. Delhi Government has awarded the work of supplying water from 240 MGD Sonia Vihar Water Treatment Plant to a black listed company Swez Degramont. This company has already been black listed in Sweden, France, Italy etc. countries. Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit is so much in favour of this company that she has handed over the first floor of the headquarters of DJB. This company is operating from these premises. On the basis of Public Private Partnership Chief Minister also handed over the work of water supply in Malviya Nagar, Nangloi, and Vasant Vihar to private sector. Gradually she intends to privatize the water supply in Delhi and recover 10 to 20 times higher tariff.
The Assembly Constituency of the Chief Minister namely Gole Market is also suffering due to scarcity of water. Here all the pump houses have been handed over to the contractors. These contractors are selling water in black market in connivance with the private tanker operators. The water meant for the public is being sold in the market in 20 litre Jars by the private contractors at heavy prices. Clever contractors have painted on their tankers a slogan namely “Sonia Gandhi Jindabad” so that the Government agencies may not enquire about them. The demand of water is increasing in Delhi but the number of tankers of DJB has not increased in the areas in which the DJB does not supply water through pipelines. Due to this people remain awake for the whole night to get a bucket of water. Outer Delhi, rural Delhi, unauthorized colonies, slums, rehabilitation colonies are worst affected. In many areas those people who have paid 1600 to 3000 rupees bills are not able to get a bucket of water.
The same is the condition of power supply. There is undeclared power load shedding in most of the areas of Delhi. The Government claims that there is Summer Action Plan for sufficient power supply. Now, when the people are facing scarcity of power then the Chief Minister is showing her helplessness. On last Saturday, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit stated that the supply of power and water is not within her jurisdiction. Haryana and UP are drawing more water from the grid due to which Delhi is suffering. Central Government, UP, Haryana Governments and Central Power Ministry are responsible for it.