Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Tuesday said that the AAP government is willing to shell Rs. 25 lakh for a government school building. This statement came a day after the Delhi’s BJP unit alleged the AAP government of involving themselves in large scale corruption in the construction of a school building.
The Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari alleged that the AAP government is involved in a scam of Rs 2,000 crore in the construction of Delhi’s government school buildings classrooms. Tiwari said AAP government constructed 12,782 classrooms at Rs 2,892 crore which could have been done at Rs. 800 crore.
Sisodia shot back at Tiwari by saying the BJP’s Delhi unit was making unfounded allegations of corruption against the AAP government. Sisodia explained that Rs 2,892 crore includes the cost of constructing state-of-the-art classrooms, computer labs, laboratories, staircases, music rooms, libraries, corridors, playgrounds, swimming pools, toilets, water and electricity supply systems, waste water treatment systems among others.
Sisodia further went on to say that Delhi has a pass percentage of 95 percent, which no other state has achieved. “We will spend Rs 25 lakh per room if it fulfils our objective of providing quality education to the poor students. I am committed to it, even if somebody wants to send me to jail, I am not going step back.” Sisodia said.
He further claimed that the standing committee of the BJP-ruled South Delhi Municipal Corporation recently came out with a proposal to construct 43 rooms in a school at a cost of Rs 10.73 crore, that is Rs 24.95 lakh per room. These estimates do not include the cost of furniture, electricity fittings, water harvesting systems, sewage treatment plant, corridors, lab equipment’s etc. It is not AAP but BJP which is indulging in corruption.
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