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Delhi eyes Singapore water re-use model, says Kejriwal

New Delhi, March 30 (IANS) Delhi will soon be a city sans any water problem as Singapore water re-use model, in which waste water is filtered and used again, is being studied to be replicated here, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Monday.

Interacting with reporters at Rashtrpati Bhavan after attending the Padma awards presentation ceremony, Kejriwal said his government has already sent teams to Singapore to study its water supply model.

“Singapore does not have any water of its own. Almost 95 percent of water comes from outside,” he said, adding it has developed a system where used water is filtered and re-used and in such a way water used in toilets goes to toilets after it is filtered and similarly waste water from kitchen goes to kitchen again.

“We have been studying how it is done. We plan to begin with 10 to 15 pilot projects on the same in Delhi in a month or so,” he said.

The water quality, after it is filtered, is as good as of mineral water, Kejriwal said.

If it could work in Delhi, “which I think it would”, there would be no water shortage in the city, the chief minister said.

Talking about other issues of the city, Kejriwal said property tax is also an issue which is being looked into.

“It has come to my notice that only 30 to 40 percent people, who come under the bracket of paying property tax, pay it,” he said, adding his government would look into it.

On being asked about the other city issues, including those of the Municipal Corporations of Delhi (MCD), he said, “The BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) must take care of them”.

“I heard their salaries are being paid…it’s BJP that should take care of them,” he said.

Kejriwal, avoiding questions on AAP’s internal problems, said the “party is doing well and there is no problem”.

He refused to comment on former party colleagues Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, who were ousted from the national executive of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) after a high drama.

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