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Delhi is only city in India to have 24-hour power supply: Kejriwal

NEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday claimed that Delhi is the only city in India to have 24-hour smooth power supply without any interruption during summer season.

"The biggest achievement of Kejriwal government is smooth power supply with minimum load shedding and 50 per cent slashed power bill to consumers sans any power tariff hike since last two years," said Kejriwal in Padyatra in Malviya Nagar Assembly Constituency.

"There is a major relief to lower middle-income as well as Resettlement residents, who are consuming power below 400 unit per month. In last two years, there has been no increase in power tariff in Delhi," said CM Kejriwal.

During his interaction, some persons reported to the chief minister that due to local faults, they were experiencing power outages at times. He recognised their concerns and immediately directed installation of adequate transformers in the area to prevent any further distribution problems.

"Delhi is the only city in the country that offers 24 hour power supply to all its residents. We have seen there are some pockets in the city that have a power as well as water supply issue. In the case of power, the areas where local faults have been observed will immediately be fitted with new transformers," added Kejriwal.

"Similarly," he said, "there are certain parts of the city that are facing water-related issues. In many colonies we have already laid down pipelines. Those colonies will begin to receive piped water within a week. They don't have to rely on tankers any longer."

Speaking about the free metro and bus rides for women proposal of the Delhi government, CM Arvind Kejriwal said, "The scheme should be rolled out within two or two and a half months. I've asked each and every woman here today, and not a single woman I've met since morning has told me she is not happy with free travel in Metro and Bus scheme."

On the Central government insistence on implementing Ayushamn Bharat in Delhi, CM Kejriwal slammed Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan over the Ayushman Bharat Scheme.

"According to the Ayushman Bharat scheme, if you have a refrigerator, a 2-wheeler or a TV you are not considered poor. Does this mean the rest of the people are not poor? Is it necessary that a 2 wheeler owner can afford healthcare for all members of their family? Our scheme provides full treatment for free for all Delhi residents and has been functioning well for the past two years."

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