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MCD polls: Congress promises RO water purifier to the poor

MCD polls: Congress promises RO water purifier to poor

Statesman News Service | NEW DELHI |

The Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) has promised to provide free reverse osmosis (RO) water purifiers to the poor people to help them get rid of the crisis of drinking dirty water if they are voted to power in the ensuing Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) polls.

DPCC president Chaudhary Anil Kumar, Chairman of the Manifesto Committee and former Minister Haroon Yusuf and Chairman of the DPCC Communications Department Anil Bhardwaj along with other leaders on Thursday launched another ‘Vision Document’ for the MCD elections and promised to give free RO water purifier to every poor household in Delhi.

Chaudhary Anil Kumar said that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal led AAP government has cheated the poor people of Delhi by promising free 20 kilo litres of water as the water they get is unfit for consumption.

He said that Delhi has over 26-lakh metered and nearly 2.34 lakh unmetered water connections. The Congress’ slogan for the MCD election will be ‘Gande Paani Ka Hal, RO Jal” to make Delhi free from diseases as clean water is the right of everyone.

Coming close on the heels of his promise of restructuring house tax collection to ensure 100 per cent tax recovery by eliminating corruption in the House Tax Department, Chaudhary said that Congress will ensure that every household gets RO purified water so that the poor people are not forced to buy bottled water, for which they spend Rs 30 daily and Rs 10,000 annually.

He said that tanker mafia and water mafia were fishing in troubled waters to exploit the plight of people in JJ Clusters, Resettlement Colonies, and unauthorized colonies. Moreover, 42 per cent of the water samples collected for testing in Delhi by the Delhi Jal Board have failed the quality control test.

Former Delhi Minister Haroon Yusuf said that due to the consumption of dirty water supplied by the Kejriwal Government in the guise of ‘free water,’ even the poor people are suffering from health problems, eventually forcing them to buy the bottled water for consumption.

He said that barely 25 per cent people were getting potable piped water, and for the rest, out of pocket expenditure was much higher than the subsidy benefit they were getting due to the consumption of toxic water.