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Delhi Jal Board now plans to make sewage cleaning a completely mechanized process following reports of workers' deaths while cleaning sewers

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  • Delhi Jal Board to now train sanitation workers
  • Delhi Water Minister announces that failure to intimidate authorities about hiring sanitation workers for private property will be a crime

New Delhi, August 27, 2017: A case of murder will be registered against a private property owner if a sanitation worker dies while cleaning sewers or septic tank, Delhi Water Minister Rajender Pal Gautam said on August 22, Tuesday.

He told reporters hiring sanitation workers for a private property without informing Delhi Jal Board (DJB) will also be “considered a crime”.

“If one sends a sanitation worker in a sewer without informing the DJB, it will be considered a crime and a case will be registered against the person responsible. And if the sanitation worker dies, there will be a case of culpable homicide,” Gautam said after meeting between Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and the DJB officials.

“The purpose of the meeting was to understand the problems. We also told officials that no one should go inside the sewer at any cost. Machines should be used. If taking machines in narrow lane is impossible, then DJB official along with safety equipment should visit the spot,” he added.

Gautam also said that the DJB will train sanitation workers and issue certificates.

“People will be informed to call certain number if they want to clean septic tank and sewerage blockage. For personal properties, workers licensed by the MCD or the DJB be used,” he said.

In the meeting officials of DJB told Kejriwal that they did not have any shortage of safety gear for the cleaning staff.

“It was decided to make the process of cleaning sewage 100 per cent mechanised as soon as possible,” said an official. (IANS)

 

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AAP failing to deliver on its promises with the recent surge in water tariff

Delhi Jal Board (DJB) hiked the water tariff and sewer usage by 20 per cent for consumers exceeding their monthly quota of 20,000 litres.

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The surge of 20 per cent price in water tariff will ,levied after the free quota of 20,000 litres
The surge of 20 per cent price in water tariff will ,levied after the free quota of 20,000 litres

NEW DELHI: Once again, the Arvind Kejriwal led Delhi government has faltered on its promises which were made during their election campaign. Initially, the government set a cap of 20,000 litres per month usage for every household and beyond which the extra usage was made chargeable, according to their consumption.

And now in yet another move, Delhi Jal Board (DJB) hiked the water tariff and sewer usage by 20 per cent for consumers exceeding their monthly quota of 20,000 litres. This hike is supposed to replace the existing tariffs of 10 per cent, which was set in 2015 by the AAP government. The hike of 10 per cent was a part of 10% rate hike mechanism been exercised by the Sheila Dikshit government. Though, Delhi government discontinued the auto hike mechanism last year only.

The hike in water tariff has come only after the Chief Minister took over the department of water three months back. Before him, Kapil Sharma was looking after it. DJB defended its move by saying that the change in tariff will take up some financial burden from the water body. According to media sources, the new increased tariff will be followed by February 2018.

Delhi government spokesperson Nagendar Sharma also tweeted the change in the water tariff.

Interestingly, the increase of water tariff has come days after AAP was exposed of its Free Surgery Scheme when some doctors of reputed hospitals were caught demanding money during the sting operation conducted by Dainik Bhaskar.

So, all these incidents call for self-retrospection of party agenda that were being boasted during election campaigns by the party head, Arvind Kejriwal.