Mukhi accuses Sheila of misleading citizens

NEW DELHI, MARCH 24. Charging the Delhi Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit, with making false claims and misleading the people of Delhi on the issue of drinking water, the Leader of the Opposition in the Delhi Assembly, Jagdish Mukhi, today alleged that the Sonia Vihar water treatment plant has been constructed by the Delhi Government to oblige a multinational company.

Initiating the debate on the annual Delhi Budget presented in the House on Wednesday, the senior BJP leader alleged that the 140 MGD Sonia Vihar plant had become a white elephant for the Delhi Government. What was most shocking about the whole situation is that without stitching an agreement for raw water with the Uttaranchal Government, the Delhi Government went ahead and constructed such a big plant that is presently lying idle. The Rs. 900 crore plant had been set up with the motive of obliging the multinational company and the entire deal needs to be probed, he said.

"The most baffling part of the whole agreement is the provision for imposing Rs. 50,000 per day penalty on the Delhi Government in the absence of any supply of raw water. Such controversial decisions have been taken under the leadership of the Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit for reasons best know to her,'' he said.

Terming it as a "betrayal'' of the people of Delhi, Mr. Mukhi said tall claims about supplying water to South and East Delhi areas have fallen flat on the face. Instead nearly 50 per cent the population was now without potable water as stated by the Chief Minister in her reply to a question. There was acute shortage of water in the city and all that the Government was doing was making false promises. The reality was that no raw water was coming from Tehri Dam and that had been stated by the Chief Minister of Uttaranchal, N.D. Tiwari, he said.

Mr. Mukhi also charged the Government with not being serious about development aspects in the Capital and said the non-Plan expenditure had gone up considerably while the Plan expenditure was on the decline. He said Delhi was clearly heading for a debt trap as the fiscal deficit was rising constantly.

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