Free lifeline water, 50% reduction in electricity bills
· AAP will provide free lifeline water for the residents of Delhi
· All group housing societies will be connected with DJB supply network & will also get lifeline water free
· 50% reduction in electricity bills for residents of Delhi
· Round the clock electricity supply in five years
· CAG audit of private power companies (discoms) will be completed
Monday, December 15
The third phase of DELHI DIALOGUE was held at Sangam Vihar in South Delhi on Monday evening.
At a massive public gathering, the Aam Aadmi Party unveiled its vision on solving the BILJI PAANI (Electricity-Water) issues of the national capital.
Water and electricity are the main concern for the residents of Delhi. This dialogue was the culmination of exhaustive discussions with many technical experts, non-profit organizations and former MLAs, as well citizens of many water-deficient areas in Delhi.
At the event, AAP candidates, including former MLAs, addressed the massive crowd and brought to light the acute water problems faced by the people in their respective constituencies.
Delhi Dialogue convenor Ashish Khetan then set down the framework of change in these focus areas and the process of developing these policy interventions.
Finally, former chief minister and AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal unveiled the blueprint of party’s strategy on electricity and water.
1. Free lifeline water
a. Free Lifeline Water will be provided to every household in Delhi; the amount is 20,000 liters per month or approximately 700 litres per day per household.
b. All the Group Housing Societies those are not connected with the Delhi Jal Board Water Supply Network shall be connected with the DJB water Pipes immediately within a month as the AAP Govt. forms in Delhi The free lifeline water provision upto 20, 000 litres will be extended to the all Group Housing Societies too .
2. Water for all not for some .
a. Within 5 years, DJB piped network will be laid in all over Delhi and water connections will be provided to the 14 lakh households that do not currently have piped water supply.
b. Urgent and time bound plan of action for covering all residents of Delhi, irrespective of their legal status, with water and sewerage connections.
c. A strong push will be made to get extra 80 million gallons of water per day from Munak Canal, which will provide water to 20 plus areas including Sangam Vihar, Deoli, Mehrauli, Ambedkar Nagar, Tughlakabad, Chhatarpur, Dwarka.
d. Piaos ; Public hydrants and Public Hand Pumps shall be installed for poors, homeless and other destitute communities on the roads or in jhuggi jhopries, as well as for passerby on the roads to ensure availability of free of charge safe drinking water to everybody in Delhi, including those who cannot afford to pay.
e. Immediate steps to eliminate water mafia in slums ; unauthorized; unregularized colonies and in all urban and rural villages of Delhi. Pipe line network shall be laid and will be connected with the nearby main pipelines carrying water for distribution. All such areas should be immediately provided with the Delhi Jal Board Water and Sewerage Network.
f. Immediate step to Dual distribution system in planned colonies; Group Housinng Societies and Apartments etc: Dual system shall reclaim a community’s waste water and reuse it after recycling. Dual system shall help with water conservation and to reduce the demand of water.
3. During Delhi Dialogue, experts gave us suggestions that there are technologies available worldwide, which cold be be harnessed in Delhi to provide premium quality drinking water by installation of sophisticated water purification systems in group housing societies. These will be managed by the RWA’s. These proposals on technology will be examined by the AAP government.
4. The concept of Jal Swaraj will be promoted to ensure citizen-based water governance and management. Jal Swaraj Samitis will decide on community specific solutions and promote water conservation, recycling and rainwater harvesting.
5. Tariff changes
. Abolish Category B (earlier known as C1-A) in the tariff structure, which will provide relief to small shop owners who pay commercial water prices. These consumers will pay domestic prices, and will avail the benefit of free 20,000 liters of water per month.
a. All changes in the water tariff will be made need-based. The automatic tariff hike law will be repealed.
b. Private tankers will be regulated which will ensure consumer protection from exorbitant prices
6. Steps towards sustainability
. Give a strong impetus to rainwater harvesting which will bring up Delhi’s calamitously low water table.
a. Strenuous efforts will be made to revive the Yamuna river. Absolutely no encroachments will be allowed and no untreated water, industrial or domestic sewage will enter the Yamuna. Flood plains shall be conserved and no Concretization and construction will be allowed and Plans will be made for afforestation and natural beautification of the banks.
b. Structures like check dams will be made at suitable locations along the Yamuna which will store water during times of floods. This water can then be made available at later times, and can provide water for as much as 70 days.
The following announcements were made in the field of Electricity:
1. Electricity bills will be reduced by half.
2. Round-the-clock electricity (24 hours all 365 days) in next 5 years.
3. Currently,the people of Delhi are forced to pay an exorbitant amount for the electricity purchased by discoms. AAP government will ensure discoms move out from expensive purchase of electricity and it will be procured at affordable prices.
4. Delhi government will set-up its own fuel efficient, highly produtive and cost effective power plants
5. CAG audit of discoms will be completed. No tariff hike will be allowed until this audit is completed
6. A Delhi specific solar plan will be evolved as part of developing non-conventional sources of energy and group housing societies will be provided incentives for generating solar power.