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BJP promises ‘generator-free’ city with 24X7 power supply

The BJP on Sunday announced its plan to give Delhiites a generator free city by installing more transmission lines for uninterrupted power supply. Power minister Piyush Goyal said four power stations of 500 MVA capacity will soon be set up at Rajghat, Tuglakabad, Karampura and Papankalan.

delhi Updated: Feb 02, 2015 02:35 IST
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The BJP on Sunday announced its plan to give Delhiites a generator free city by installing more transmission lines for uninterrupted power supply. Power minister Piyush Goyal said four power stations of 500 MVA capacity will soon be set up at Rajghat, Tuglakabad, Karampura and Papankalan.

Taking a dig at the Aam Aadmi Party he said, as against the lip service that AAP is famous for, BJP has sanctioned projects worth Rs 7, 791 crores for the comprehensive upgradation of power systems in Delhi to ensure uninterrupted power supply to all houses.

After the storm which hit the capital in May 2014, power lines were destroyed causing frequent and uncontrolled power cuts in various parts of the city.

“After the storm, within four weeks emergency response systems were installed and all transmission lines were fixed. We have approved plans which will also set up transmission, sub-transmission and distribution networks which will ensure uninterrupted power supply in the city,” said Goyal.

Apart from this, 1 crore street light bulbs will be replaced with LED within one year which is likely to save over 2,000 crores every year, he said. The power minister also blamed the AAP for misleading the voters by giving them false hopes and ordering audits of power companies since 2002, knowing that the companies are only bound to keep their records for the last eight years.

“Courts have ordered the audits but the companies have an excuse of not having backdated documents. This is a ploy to protect the power companies instead of exposing them. The right way should have been to conduct audits on the available records instead of making huge plans and not being able to implement them,” said Goyal.

Senior party leader and Union commerce minister, Nirmala Sitharaman joined him as she fired BJP’s next set of five questions targeted towards Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal. This is the fourth set of questions that the party has released for Kejriwal to answer starting from Thursday.

She raised these questions and challenged AAP leadership to accept or deny the charges.

“Since Arvind Kejriwal is so keen on debating issues let him come forward and clarify his and his party’s stand on the issues that we have raised. In the common man’s garb he has done nothing but lied to the people of Delhi,” said Sitharaman while addressing the media. Attacking the party of giving false hopes to people on the reduction of electricity bills Sitharaman said that they had no comprehensive long term plan in place to do so.

She also alleged that AAP’s campaign manifesto makes a comparison between the lowest end per unit rates in January 2014 with the highest end per unit rates in January 2015 which is bound to be higher. Similar uneven comparisons are also made for water tariffs, she said.

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