New Delhi, Jan 30 IANS | 10 months ago

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Thursday said all faulty water meters in the national capital will be tested by a third party.

"We are getting a lot of complaints from people that their (water) meters are running fast. We have ordered third party testing and have hired two agencies for that," Kejriwal said, presenting his one-month-old government's report card.

"People can submit their complaints at the SDM (sub-divisional magistrate) office or DC office (deputy commissioner) or the chief minister's office. We'll compile the complaints and take action," he added.

Reiterating his government's stand that water will be provide to everyone in the capital, Kejriwal said water conservation was the solution to Delhi's water woes.

He said Delhi could not remain dependent on neighbouring states like Haryana and Uttar Pradesh for its water needs.

"Delhi's population is going to increase while its water resources will not. We have to be self-sufficient and look for ways to conserve water," Kejriwal said.

The chief minister added: "Every year the water level in Yamuna rises and rain water goes down the drain. We need to conserve this water."

He further said that Delhi Transport Corporation's bus depot, built on the Yamuna river bed in east Delhi will be shifted soon and the place will be used to conserve water.

"The previous government was fighting a case against the removal of the bus depot as suggested by an NGO (non-governmental organisation). We agree with the NGO and won't be fighting the case further," said Kejriwal.

He said "transparency" had been brought in the supply of water through tankers and that the tanker mafia had been somewhat curbed.

(Posted on 30-01-2014)

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