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You may have to pay more for less water

india Updated: Jun 19, 2009 01:02 IST
HT Correspondent
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Delhiites should prepare themselves for a hike in rates of water and bus tickets. Virtually setting the tone for the upcoming Delhi budget, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Thursday said the government might hike rates of the two.

“We may need to increase the cost of power, water and bus tickets. But this is a sensitive government. When domestic LPG cylinder prices had to be raised by the Centre - Delhi decided to offer Rs 40 subsidy,” said Dikshit, who later said power rates might actually fall, when prompted by an official.

Dikshit was replying to the opposition’s questions on the L-G’s opening speech at the start of this budget session.

The CM, however, avoided a clear answer on price hike - only insisting that the government was “sensitive” to people’s problems.

Dikshit, however, admitted that water was still a problem area, but assured that it would cease to be an issue in the coming years.

“If you compare Delhi with the national scenario - we get adequate water. But as far as cities go, no other city receives 5 lakh people every year - they all need drinking water,” she said.

“Everybody felt we would not do well in the Assembly polls. People said so, the media was writing, the opposition had even decided its cabinet. But we were confident of 40-45 seats. We got 43,” said Dikshit, answering BJP leader Sahib Singh Chauhan's comment earlier.

Chauhan had said the CM had come back to power on the wily manipulation of assembly seats during delimitation, while her popularity has recorded a steady fall.