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BJP MLAs stage dharna against water tariff hike

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NEW DELHI, DEC. 14. The Bharatiya Janata Party members of the Delhi Assembly sat on a dharna in front of the Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit's office at Players Building here today to protest against the massive increase in the water tariff for the Capital's residents recently. The MLAs also protested against the increase in power rates, imposition of a new professional tax and sharp increases in parking charges all over the Capital.

Describing the water tariff hike ranging from 200 per cent to 500 per cent as great injustice and fraud on the people of Delhi, the Leader of the Opposition in the Delhi Assembly, Jagdish Mukhi, who led the dharna, demanded complete withdrawal of the hike and indicated that the matter would generate heat within and outside the Vidhan Sabha. He also cautioned the Delhi Government against going ahead with the proposed bus fare hike and said such a move would invite strong action from the Opposition.

Stating that the Delhi Government had failed to increase the supply of water in any part of the Capital, Mr. Mukhi said the move to raise the water rates without improving the supply system and putting an end to rampant corruption in the Delhi Jal Board, the Chief Minister has refused to listen to reason and is trying to pass on the burden of inefficiency on the innocent consumers.

"It is unfortunate that the Chief Minister has tried to justify the hike by projecting the heavy losses being incurred by the Jal Board. Plugging leakages in the supply system and also checking the rampant corruption prevailing among the officials of the Board could cover the revenue loss. The Government," Mr. Mukhi added, "is clearly heading for privatisation of the Delhi Jal Board under the dictates of the World Bank and the multinational companies."

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