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Cheaper power, free water on AAP govt's agenda today

Nivedita Khandekar, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, December 30, 2013
First Published: 00:12 IST(30/12/2013) | Last Updated: 10:03 IST(30/12/2013)

With expectations running high and big-ticket promises, including cheaper power and free water, to fulfil, the AAP government will take some important decisions during the week starting Monday, its first official working day.

Hours after he took the oath of office on Saturday, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had said Monday he would come up with some measures on free water, which AAP had promised within 24 hours of coming to power.

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He also reshuffled top officials. Delhi Jal Board chief Debashree Mukherjee was transferred to the Delhi Transport Corporation. Vijay Kumar will replace her.

An ‘urgent meeting’ of DJB is planned for Monday during which the provision is likely to be discussed and cleared.

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“The meeting may also decide if the automatic annual tariff hike of 10% from January 1 will kick in or not,” a source said.

As people lined up at his residence in Kaushambi, Ghaziabad with their applications, Kejriwal sought seven-10 days time to put a grievance redressal system in place.

“I don’t want to give you false assurances. I will take the applications when we put a system in place to resolve the problems,” said Kejriwal. The CM, who has a severe throat infection, stayed indoors for most part of the day and held a few meetings.

Making available free water to households using 700 litres a day and setting up an anti-corruption hotline will also be on top of the to-do-list this week.

Read: Give us time to resolve problems in Delhi, says Kejriwal

Recent hike in the price of CNG will demand immediate attention as well. If the hike is not rolled back or subsidised, it may push up autorickshaw fares, which will not go down well with people.

Autorickshaw drivers form a sizeable chunk of its supporters and AAP can’t afford to upset them.

A decision on power tariffs is expected on Tuesday. Later in the week, Kejriwal, who made around 100,000 people take a pledge against bribe at Ramlila Maidan on Saturday, will give out the number of the helpline to report bribe-seekers.

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