• NEW DELHI,18.11.19-: Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal on Monday announced Mukhyamantri Muft Sewer Connection Yojana, under which the Delhi government will provide free sewer connections to households in the 787 colonies where sewer lines have been laid. Residents who apply under the scheme by 31 March, 2020, can avail the free sewer connection service.

Addressing a press conference in the Delhi Secretariat, CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal said, “Delhi government has invested thousands of crores of rupees and laid thousands of kilometers of sewer lines across Delhi for the first time. But despite the laying of sewer lines lakhs of households in the city have not installed sewer connections because of the high installation and development charges.”

In a tweet, he wrote, "For decades, governments had not even laid sewer lines in these colonies. Not only did they keep the people of Delhi deprived of basic facilities, but they also caused the Yamuna to get polluted. Now, the people of Delhi will get essential services and we can also clean the Yamuna."

High development charges stop people from installing sewer connections, Delhi government providing relief: CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal

CM Shri Kejriwal said, "We had decreased the development charges for sewer connections to Rs. 100 per square meter from Rs. 500 per square meter, but the individual charges to install a sewer connection still burns a hole in the pocket of a common man. In a meeting held today, the Delhi cabinet has decided to provide relief to those people who have not taken the sewer connections despite a sewage line in their areas."

Under the Mukhyamantri Muft Sewer Connection Yojana announced today, consumers who will apply for a sewer connection till March 31, 2020, will not need to pay any development charges, connection charges, or even road-cutting charges. The Delhi government will bear all costs for the infrastructure, installation, and development charges of household sewer connections under the scheme.

2,34,000 households in Delhi in sewered areas still do not have connections

"As per the Delhi Jal Board’s data, around 2,34,000 households in Delhi have not installed sewer connections in areas where we have laid sewer lines. We hope that more and more houses can take connections and take advantage of the scheme. This will also ensure sanitation of the city as it will prevent waste from being dumped into storm water drains and the Yamuna," he added.

I will personally write to households without sewer connections: CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal

CM Shri Kejriwal said that this will also help the government in keeping the city clean as the water drains will not be dumped with waste and garbage. "The budget of the project will depend on the number of households that register themselves for the installation of the sewer connection. I will be personally writing to all the households that do not have the sewer connections, to apply for the connections under this scheme. The Delhi government will also publicize the scheme so that more and more people become aware of it."

Savings for households:

  1. 25 sq meter - Rs 2,500

  2. 50 sq meter - Rs 5,000

  3. 75 sq meter - Rs 7,500

  4. 100 sq meter - Rs 10,000

  5. 150 sq meter - Rs 15,000

  6. 200 sq meter - Rs 20,000

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  8. Union Jal Shakti Minister says Delhi’s water is better than European standards: CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal

    • DJB collected 1.5 lakh water samples over 9 months, less than 2% failed standards: CM

    • Will take samples from every municipal ward of Delhi in presence of the media, Opposition and prove Delhi’s water is satisfactory: CM

    New Delhi: 18/11/2019-Delhi Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal strongly rejected the recent report on water quality in Delhi released by Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan that said Delhi’s water is unsafe. Quoting the Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, CM Shri Kejriwal said, “On 26 September 2019, Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat said that Delhi's water quality is better than European standards. From 20 locations in Delhi, the Union Water Ministry collected samples to come to this conclusion. All were better than European standards. These are his words, not mine.”

    CM Kejriwal also recalled that the Union Water Minister’s statement came a day after Shekhawat’s cabinet colleague Ram Vilas Paswan had raised questions about the potability of tap water in Delhi. “When asked, Mr Shekhawat termed the statement of Mr Paswan as his personal opinion. On 6 October 2019, BJP Manoj Tiwari defended the Union Water Minister Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and agreed that Delhi’s water quality is better than European standards,” the Chief Minister added.

    “Shri Ram Vilas Paswan’s statement was reportedly based on samples from 11 places. From just 11 samples, a city’s water quality can’t be declared as good or bad. We also didn’t get any answer when we requested for the details of the places in Delhi from where the samples were collected. Was there anything to be hidden? As per the WHO standards, there should be one sample collected for every 10000 people in cities. There should have been 2000 samples taken in Delhi. Now, which Minister is correct - The Union Jal Shakti Minister or Ram Vilas Paswan or Manoj Tiwari?” CM Kejriwal asked.

    “Delhi Jal Board collects 500 samples every day from different places in Delhi. Between 01 January and 24 September 2019, Delhi Jal Board collected 155302 samples. Among them, only 2222 samples i.e. just 1.43% failed, while 153080 samples passed i.e. 98.57%. Again in October, Delhi Jal Board collected 16502 samples, among which only 3.98% samples (658) failed, while 96.02% (15844) passed. As per WHO norms, allowable limit of unsatisfactory results is 5%. Delhi’s performance is comfortably within WHO norms”, said the Chief Minister.

    “In the coming days, Delhi Jal Board will collect water samples randomly from five places in every MCD ward and test for quality. We’ll invite the media and Shri Ram Vilas Paswan also. After testing these samples, findings along with the sources of samples will be made public”, said the Chief Minister.

    “We are not claiming that all problems in Delhi have been solved. In the past 70 years, various governments ruined development in Delhi. Everything can’t be done in five years. Still in the last five years we worked very hard to provide various facilities to people. In many colonies Delhi government laid new water pipelines. We are replacing the sewer lines in many colonies so that drinking water won’t be mixed with sewage and also implementing many projects to improve the quality of tap water in Delhi. It is a work in progress. Regarding water connections and quality of water, in the last five years Delhi witnessed an unimaginable change,” said the Chief Minister.

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  9. I will ensure registry for homes in unauthorised colonies: CM Shri Kejriwal

  10. CM Shri Kejriwal hits out at BJP-led Central government for not listing Bill for regularisation of unauthorised colonies for winter session

    • Our pressure forced Centre to pass the Bill in Cabinet, but they’re delaying the process once again: CM Kejriwal

    New Delhi: 18/11/2019: Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal questioned the intent of the Central government on the issue of regularisation of unauthorised colonies after the Centre failed to list the Bill cleared by Cabinet recently for tabling in the winter session of the Parliament.

    “We have always said that their intent is suspect. On 12 November 2015, Delhi government passed the proposal to regularize unauthorized colonies in Delhi and sent it to the Union Government. For the last four years, Delhi government continued to put immense pressure on the Union Government to clear the proposal,” said the Chief Minister.

    “The Union Government always used to make provide irrelevant excuses for not clearing our proposal. In 2015 we had used satellite maps to demarcate the unauthorized colonies in the proposal. But they rejected the use of satellite maps and asked us to conduct a TSM survey which requires five years. Interestingly, now the Union Government has accepted the use of satellite maps for demarcation purpose. After continuous pressure from the Delhi Government and the people of Delhi, just before the Assembly Elections, the Central government has announced the regularization process. Not listing it in the government’s agenda for the upcoming Winter session exposes their true intention clearly,” the Chief Minister added.

    “I want to assure the people of Delhi that just like we forced them to pass our CCTV file, Mohalla Clinic file, we will force the union government to regularise unauthorized colonies at the earliest. It is my responsibility to get you your pucca registry and your ownership rights from the Centre,” Shri Kejriwal told the people of Delhi. “But until you actually get the registry do not believe anyone. We have already been misled once using provisional certificates. Now they are trying website numbers. But only Kejriwal will ensure you get your pucca registry.”

    On being asked if his party will raise this issue in Parliament, CM Shri Kejriwal said, “There will be a mass movement for this now. We will take it up in the Parliament, on the streets, wherever required.”

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    New Delhi: 18/11/2019: Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal questioned the intent of the Central government on the issue of regularisation of unauthorised colonies after the Centre failed to list the Bill cleared by Cabinet recently for tabling in the winter session of the Parliament.


    “We have always said that their intent is suspect. On 12 November 2015, Delhi government passed the proposal to regularize unauthorized colonies in Delhi and sent it to the Union Government. For the last four years, Delhi government continued to put immense pressure on the Union Government to clear the proposal,” said the Chief Minister.


    “The Union Government always used to make provide irrelevant excuses for not clearing our proposal. In 2015 we had used satellite maps to demarcate the unauthorized colonies in the proposal. But they rejected the use of satellite maps and asked us to conduct a TSM survey which requires five years. Interestingly, now the Union Government has accepted the use of satellite maps for demarcation purpose. After continuous pressure from the Delhi Government and the people of Delhi, just before the Assembly Elections, the Central government has announced the regularization process. Not listing it in the government’s agenda for the upcoming Winter session exposes their true intention clearly,” the Chief Minister added.


    “I want to assure the people of Delhi that just like we forced them to pass our CCTV file, Mohalla Clinic file, we will force the union government to regularise unauthorized colonies at the earliest. It is my responsibility to get you your pucca registry and your ownership rights from the Centre,” Shri Kejriwal told the people of Delhi. “But until you actually get the registry do not believe anyone. We have already been misled once using provisional certificates. Now they are trying website numbers. But only Kejriwal will ensure you get your pucca registry.”

    On being asked if his party will raise this issue in Parliament, CM Shri Kejriwal said, “There will be a mass movement for this now. We will take it up in the Parliament, on the streets, wherever required.”

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