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Legislation to empower Delhi RWAs

Issues relating to power and water shortage in the city were discussed in a meeting with the chief minister.

india Updated: Jul 15, 2006 23:34 IST

Delhi government will consider bringing a legislation to further strengthen the capital's Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs), Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said on Saturday.

The RWAs were playing a constructive role in the development dynamics of the capital city and ought to be empowered further, an official spokesman quoted her as having said at a three hour interaction with RWA representatives from across the city.

Ms Dikshit expressed hope that she would be able to interact with RWA representatives at least twice a year. This would help improve local level administrative machinery and bring positive change in the government's work culture, she said.

Emerging from the meeting, both Ms Dikshit as well as the RWA representatives described the interaction as "fruitful".

RWA Secretary Pankaj Agarwal said issues relating to power and water shortages were discussed indepth. Both sides placed their arguments and something concrete should emerge out of the discussion in due course, he said.

He, however, said the RWAs were firm on their demand for an enquiry by the CBI or any other independent agency into the privatisation of Delhi Vidyut Board.

Delhi Jal Board Chief Executive Officer Arun Mathur, while responding to the questions raised by the RWA representatives, assured that toll free telephone numbers of Complaint Centres would be considered.

With the commissioning of Sonia Vihar Treatment Plant, 25 per cent supply would be enhanced. All 49 underground reservoirs would be commissioned by 2009 to ensure equitable water supply, he said.

The commissioning of the Rs 315 crore Munak-Hyderpur Channel by mid 2007 would help save 80 MGD water being lost due to leakages and prepare ground for commissioning of water treatment plants at Okhla, Dwarka and Bawana.

Another 48 MGD water would be saved once the recycling plants were commissioned, he said. The DJB has been replacing 400 Km of old pipelines every year, he informed.

Principal Secretary (Power) Rakesh Mehta said the Government had taken steps to ensure 1500 MW power from Unchahar, Dhulhasti, Tehri, Tala and Dadri plants. Another 2000 MW dedicated plant for Delhi was being set up at Chhatishgarh, which would start generation before commencement of Commonwealth Games.