Water scarcity before civic polls could be politically motivated: Water Min

On his first day in office, Delhi's new Water Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam said that the water scarcity before the Delhi civic elections could have been politically motivated.

Gautam on Saturday said in a press conference that he has instructed Delhi Jal Board officials to look into the matter of faulty water bills that residents had received prior to the elections.

"Many people, whose water bills use to be negligible or zero, received high bills right before the MCD elections and many, despite enough water supply from the board, complained about sudden water scarcity in certain areas. I have instructed the officials to look into the matter and report to me within a week," said Gautam, who replace Kapil Mishra.

Gautam said that soon all the meter readers of the board would be warned following several complaints of incorrect meter readings.

"I feel that there were political motives behind the water scarcity before the elections since water supply was enough back then, so scarcity does not make any sense...I'm waiting for the report," Gautam said.

Asked if he smells any wrongdoing by his predecessor, Gautam said that he does not have any ill-will against anyone but whoever is found involved in wrongdoing would not be spared.

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