Ti­wari takes on AAP over wa­ter qual­ity

Ke­jri­wal Hits Back, Ac­cuses BJP Of Politi­cis­ing Is­sue

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New Delhi: Delhi BJP on Sun­day said that the AAP gov­ern­ment had no right to con­tinue in of­fice as it was forc­ing Del­hi­ites to con­sume con­tam­i­nated wa­ter.

Talk­ing to re­porters, Delhi BJP chief Manoj Ti­wari claimed that the wa­ter be­ing sup­plied by Delhi Jal Board (DJB) was not worth drink­ing. He slammed the Arvind Ke­jri­wal gov­ern­ment for “fail­ing” to sup­ply safe wa­ter to peo­ple in its 56-month rule. He added that BJP will en­sure clean BIS-stan­dard drink­ing wa­ter to ev­ery house­hold in the cap­i­tal by 2024.

Re­act­ing to the al­le­ga­tion6s, chief min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal ac­cused BJP of politi­cis­ing the is­sue. “A cen­tral gov­ern­ment min­is­ter re­cently said that Delhi’s wa­ter qual­ity was bet­ter than Europe’s. BJP is just politi­cis­ing the mat­ter,” he added.

An­other AAP func­tionary said that there was con­tin­u­ous mon­i­tor­ing of wa­ter qual­ity at the treat­ment plants and it had been found good.

Re­fer­ring to the test­ing of 11 tap wa­ter sam­ples sup­plied by DJB to the Cen­tre, Ti­wari said the wa­ter sup­plied in Delhi was not fit for con­sump­tion. “A BIS in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­port said that all the sam­ples failed the test. No drink­ing wa­ter sam­ple was found to be potable and there were some de­fi­cien­cies in all,” the Delhi BJP chief said, adding that the claim made by Ke­jri­wal and his gov­ern­ment that peo­ple were be­ing pro­vided wa­ter of Europe

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an stan­dards was “mis­lead­ing”.

“The re­al­ity is that peo­ple are be­ing forced to buy drink­ing wa­ter. Those who are ex­tremely poor are con­sum­ing pol­luted wa­ter. The chief min­is­ter, who is also the DJB chair­man, should an­swer why peo­ple are be­ing forced to con­sume poi­sonous wa­ter and fall prey to dis­eases,” Ti­wari said.

Leader of the Op­po­si­tion in the Delhi assem­bly, Vi­jen­der Gupta, said if a gov­ern­ment fails to pro­vide potable wa­ter to its cit­i­zens, then it has no right to con­tinue in of­fice.

Ti­wari said BJP had promised in its 2019 Sankalp Pa­tra that by 2024 it would pro­vide clean wa­ter of BIS stan­dard to all. “Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi has pledged to pro­vide clean wa­ter to ev­ery house­hold in the en­tire coun­try un­der ‘Nal Se Jal’ scheme. We will pro­vide clean wa­ter to ev­ery house and elim­i­nate black-mar­ket­ing and tanker mafia af­ter com­ing to power in Delhi,” he added.

Manoj Ti­wari

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