New Delhi: Continuing his attack on Delhi Jal Board (DJB)— the state government body responsible for water supply in the national capital—Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday produced documents which he claimed exposed corruption in DJB.
Kejriwal said that DJB fudged documents to show artificial non-revenue-water (NRW) or leaked water figures to award contract to a foreign firm.
"In January 2011, Delhi government created artificial NRW of 65.7 percent. Then government used this figure to award multi-crore projects to reduce NRW. These projects were awarded to a French company called Degremont," said Kejriwal, referring to a project worth Rs 519 crore in South Delhi's Malviya Nagar area.
Kejriwal said that citizens of Delhi would bear the financial implications of the project. "Its interest burden itself comes to roughly Rs 1,500 per month per consumer," he said.
Aam Aadmi Party member and senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan demanded an independent probe to fix accountability in the alleged irregularities. "There is a pattern in management of electricity and water in Delhi. Government signs contract with private companies on the premise that they will resolve the issues and that they are technically sound. But then, they all get involved in corrupt activities," said Bhushan.
Since February beginning, AAP has been leveling charges of corruption on the DJB. The Board has so far refuted all the allegations saying that there are no irregularities and the same can be verified by the Uttar Pradesh government which supplies Ganga water to Delhi.