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Shiv Sena goes the AAP way, offers free water in Mumbai


Uddhav Thackrey
Mumbai, Jan 8:The AAP governance seems to have influenced a number of political quarters already. While it offers low-tariff electricity and free water supply to the Delhiites, Mumbai does not wish to be far behind from the state capital.

Just a few days ago, a Congress leader questioned the Maharashtra government about the cut in power tariff, and now it is Shiv Sena that claims that free-water supply is already in place in Mumbai.

Shiv Sena has announced that it has already been providing 500 litres of almost-free water to Mumbai and can provide for 1,075 litres of water to every household in the city.

The Sena-controlled Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has said that the new middle-Vaitarna project of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation will help them handle the growing water-supply needs of the city. Given the fact that the city's needs increases by 10% every year, the project would be a lifeline.

However, BMC officials have their own defences. "The BMC spends about Rs 9.09 per thousand litres of water for purification and transport. We provide water at about Rs 4.30 per thousand litres to consumers in Mumbai so we are already giving a subsidy of over 50% in water supply. In the future we are ready to handle additional demand and provide even more water to the city," says Rahul Shewale, BMC's standing committee chairman and Sena leader.

Call it a sign of insecurity when Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackrey says "AAP will not be able to make any major impact in Maharashtra."

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