Arvind Kejriwal
Arvind Kejriwal during a press conference at the AAP office in New Delhi on 1 February, 2015.IANS file

In his first public address after being sworn in as Delhi chief minister, AAP president Arvind Kejriwal said that it would take at least a year for the provision of free Wi-Fi across the national capital. He however added that the government was ready with its plan for power and water supply.

Kejriwal was addressing a gathering at the annual festival being held at the Garden of Five Senses on Friday, reports The Times of India.

He said that even his children were looking forward to using free Wi-Fi but that setting it up was a challenging task. "It will take at least one year for the government to provide free Wi-Fi," the Delhi CM said.

Kejriwal also made the point that his government was working overtime to deliver on its promises made before elections. He harped on his resolve to fight corruption and inflation. "We believe in working more and talking less," he said.

Sources however said that there will be a rider on the Wi-Fi facilities and that free service will not be available on an unlimited basis. Half an hour a day with restrictions on downloading is what a user could expect, said AAP members.

Moving on to the more basic amenities, Kejriwal said that his team was working towards the plan of providing 20kl of free water and a power subsidy of 50 percent.

"Our government will soon give you all the good news about subsidising electricity bills, revising rates based on the findings of a CAG audit and providing 20kl of free water to every household per month," he said, adding, "We are also working on many other fronts, including curbing inflation."

Raising the issue of corruption Kejriwal said that it had gone down after AAP came to power. He also promised to launch an anti-corruption helpline. "Only when a few people are punished will the level of corruption in Delhi come down," said Arvind Kejriwal.

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