AAP promises to slash power rates, provide uninterrupted supply

The Aam Aadmi Party on Monday turned to bijli-pani issues in the third phase of Delhi Dialogue at Sangam Vihar in South Delhi.

The party reiterated that if it returned to power in Delhi, it would again slash electricity rates by half for households consuming up to 400 units per month, till a CAG audit of private power distribution companies (discoms) is completed.

“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,” the party said.

The party had used electricity and water issues as its major poll plank in the December 2013 Assembly elections.

AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal announced that if AAP forms government it will also ensure round-the-clock electricity. He said a Delhi-specific ‘solar plan’ will be evolved and group housing societies will be provided incentives for generating solar power.

The party also reiterated its promise of providing every household with free 20,000 litre water every month.

“Urgent and time bound plan of action for covering all residents of Delhi, irrespective of their legal status, with water and sewerage connections.”

“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,” the AAP in a press statement said, claiming that at least 12 Assembly constituencies are water deficit areas.

The party also promised to take immediate steps to crackdown on water mafia in slums.
“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 organisations and former MLAs, as well citizens of many water-deficient areas in Delhi,” the party added.

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