The Delhi BJP organised a sit-in demonstration at Jantar Mantar here on Thursday in protest against the steep increase in water tariffs and sewer charges.
Senior party leaders spoke against the hike in water tariffs at a time when the people were already reeling under a financial strain on account of rising prices of essential commodities and increase in the bus and metro railway fares.
The protest demonstration was addressed among others by Delhi BJP president O. P. Kohli, national general secretary Vijay Goel, Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly V. K. Malhotra, former Chief Minister Madan Lal Khurana, Leader of MCD House Subhash Arya and former MCD Standing Committee chairman Vijender Kumar Gupta.
The party leaders criticised the Delhi Government’s decision to increase the water and sewer charges terming it an “anti-people’’ move. They charged that the Government had also failed to curb the unprecedented rise in the prices of essential commodities and made life difficult by making civic amenities more costly.
The leaders alleged that there was great corruption in the supply of water through tankers and that the loss due to leakage was huge. They accused the Government of not having any plans for making the supply of water more efficient and cost-effective.
Prof. Kohli said the party would also raise these issues in the Assembly session due to start on December 9.