Delhi minister vs BJP MP uproar over new reservoir

Satyendar Jain inaugurated Sonia Vihar reservoir of 2.68 crore liters capacity on March 2

New Delhi: Delhi Water Minister Satyendar Jain on Tuesday alleged that BJP MP Manoj Tiwari, along with around 300 people, forcibly entered the Delhi Jal Board’s Sonia Vihar underground reservoir (UGR) and created a ruckus there.

The BJP leader denied the allegation and termed it as “fake news”.

Anticipating disruption in water supply, Jain asked Delhi Police to take cognizance of the incident.

He tweeted, “Delhi BJP MP Manoj Tiwari MP along with 300-400 people has forcibly entered Sonia Vihar UGR and is creating a ruckus. If Delhi’s water supply is disrupted, BJP will be responsible for it.

Mr. Jain had inaugurated the Sonia Vihar UGR with a capacity of 2.68 crore liters on March 2.

The UGR increased water supply to Karawal Nagar and Mustafabad assembly constituencies in northeast Delhi, benefiting nearly six lakh residents of unauthorized colonies such as Shiv Vihar, Ankur Enclave, Mahalaxmi Enclave, Ambika Vihar, Johripur, Dayalpur and Sadatpur.

Responding to Mr. Jain’s allegation, Mr. Tewari tweeted: “Fake news! FIR will be lodged against a false minister in the government for fake tweets.” He said that the central government had given funds for the construction of UGR under the AMRUT scheme and the Aam Aadmi Party ministers took the credit.

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