Water Body Swipe In The Middle -By ASC

The head of the Delhi BJP has urged the Center to test the water quality of the capital.

New Delhi:

Two days after the Delhi BJP chief urged the Center to test the capital’s water quality, DJB vice -chairman Saurabh Bharadwaj on Friday said the exercise should cover Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh as well.

Speaking at a press conference at the AAP headquarters here, Bharadwaj said he had written a letter to Union Minister Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, informing him of the “crisis” caused by polluted water in four BJP -ruled states.

Delhi BJP president Adesh Gupta on Tuesday urged Union minister jal shakti to order quality testing of water supplied in the capital, claiming that people who took it fell ill.

In a letter, the BJP leader claimed that people had to drink “smelly and contaminated” water, and demanded that cases be registered against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Water Minister Satyendar Jain and Delhi Jal Board (DJB) vice -chairman Bharadwaj.

“He (Shekhawat) is the central water minister, and if he pays attention to Delhi alone, the hearts of those living in other states will be shattered. They will feel they are being ignored,” Bharadwaj said. “So, I sincerely ask the Union water minister to direct an investigation into the quality of water available in (the four) states as well.” AAP leaders claimed that major Gujarat cities, including Ahmedabad, Palanpur, Mehsana, Patan, Banaskantha and Sabarkantha, had been facing a “major crisis due to highly polluted water”.

“Gujarat, a BJP -ruled state, is facing a huge water shortage. This claim has been made repeatedly by BJP leaders from Patan and Banaskantha. A few days ago, in Gandhinagar, 554 people fell ill from consuming contaminated water. Before that, more 50 students in Kutch fell seriously ill and were hospitalized due to contaminated water, “he added.

In Himachal Pradesh, the level of pollution in groundwater and river water is so high that the high court summoned and attracted the secretary -general for this, Bharadwaj claimed.

In Uttar Pradesh, people in cities like Bundelkhand, Mirzapur, Mahoba, Sonbhadra, Ghaziabad and Firozabad are forced to drink water like sewers over water shortages, he claimed.

“People are complaining of jaundice, typhoid and liver -related diseases due to the intake of contaminated water in Madhya Pradesh,” the AAP leader added.

The DJB vice -chairman said he had informed Union ministers of the current situation “in other BJP -ruled states like Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh”, and asked him to add these four states to his list for ordering investigations.

“Under the Jal Jeevan Mission conducted in Uttar Pradesh, they bought pipes from such companies that have been blacklisted by about half a dozen states,” he claimed.

Mr Bharadwaj, however, denied the allegations of the Delhi BJP chief, and said the water quality of 90 per cent of the samples collected in the capital was found to be “good”.

Every time a complaint comes in, attempts are made to address the problem, he added.

The Delhi BJP responded to the AAP leader, and said Delhi residents were “shocked” to see him denying the “water crisis” in the capital.

“Bhardwaj in his letter tried to curb Delhi’s water crisis by raising problems in other states. He has played with the emotions of Delhi residents especially those living in colonies, clusters and low -lying villages,” Delhi BJP spokesman Praveen Shankar Kapoor said in a statement.

It is sad that the vice -chairman of the Delhi Jal Board, instead of trying to resolve the water crisis, is trying to confuse the people of Delhi “with his politically motivated statements”, he added.


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