Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: The Delhi BJP will organise a demonstration at Jantar Mantar here this Thursday in protest against the steep increase in water tariff announced by the Delhi Government. In a statement, Delhi BJP president O. P. Kohli said the hike in water tariff comes hot on the heels of an increase in metro railway and bus fares besides withdrawal of subsidy on cooking gas. Countering the Government’s argument that the water and sewer charges had been increased to reduce losses, Prof. Kohli asked: “If the Government is so much worried about the losses, what steps has it taken to stop wastage of water? What steps have been taken to improve the management and supply of water? What steps have been taken to replace old pipelines and stop leakages?”

Councillors’ dharna

The party Councillors will stage a dharna at Jantar Mantar on Thursday to protest against the increase in water tariffs.

Announcing this, MCD House Leader Subhash Arya demanded that the Jal Board immediately roll back the hike and check water leakage.

RWAs oppose move

Meanwhile, several residents’ welfare associations have opposed the hike, terming it “unwarranted”. The RWAs have complained that the steep increase in bus and metro rail fares, school tuition fees and other essential services have added to their financial burden.

Representatives of several RWAs, including Old Rajendra Nagar and Inderpuri that come under the constituency of Delhi Jal Board vice-chairman Ramakant Goswami, shouted slogans outside his residence.

“Why should the residents pay for the mismanagement of DJB as most of the water is wasted due to pilferage and faulty supply lines?” asked R. L. Dua, president of Old Rajendra Nagar RWA.

Rajiv Kakria of Greater Kailash RAW said: “The Government kept on offering subsidies till various elections were over. Now it is increasing the rates of all essential services.”