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Slug-fest over CM's comment on water management

Sunday, 30 June 2013 - 3:36pm IST | Agency: dna

Calling chief minister Sheila Dikshit’s comments about lack of water for the entire population of Delhi as insensitive, Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party chief Vijay Goel on Saturday slammed the chief minister for misleading the people of Delhi.

Dikshit on Friday at a seminar had said “No one should complain about water in Delhi as no one has died of thirst here so far.” She had also said that if people use air conditioners then they should be prepared to pay for the tariffs. The BJP demanded an apology from her for her ‘insensitive’ comment.

Goel said chief minister herself is the chairperson of the Delhi Jal Board yet she is trying to shift blame of poor water supply on lack of water supply from other states. “The fact is that at least 40% of the water is getting wasted due to poor water management in the city. We only need to plug this leakage and there will be sufficient water for Delhi. Chief Minister herself has failed to do this during last 15 years of Congress rule in the city,” said Goel.

He also held Dikshit responsible for the death of two people in the NCERT colony by drinking the contaminated water. “The people in Delhi are dying by consuming contaminated water. Lives of millions of people are at risk,” alleged Goel.

“As head of the DJB, Sheila Dikshit is directly responsible for such incidents. But instead of fixing accountability here is a CM who is humiliating people by saying no one has died of thirst in Delhi. So no one should protest,” added Goel.

He said 40% of Delhi does not have sewage system. Laying the sewage system is the responsibility of the Jal Board. “For 15 years the Congress has been in power. What has it done to lay the sewage system? Almost half of the city, which is capital of India, is living without sewage system,” he alleged.

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