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Pothole-free roads promised in BJP’s populist manifesto

Yet again reiterating its time tested agenda on ‘transparency’ in the run up to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation elections, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis accepted that the civic manifesto reflects the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

BJP city president Ashish Shelar promised budget accountability and transparent civic administration at the time of release of the manifesto at the BJP party office Vasant Smruti, Dadar on Tuesday

For the much transparent civic administration, among the promises the BJP has made, it has committed to make Mumbai’s roads pothole-free within five years. Till then it has been proposed not to collect any street tax.

The BJP, in its attempt to appease the educated voter, has tried to incorporate people’s views. The BJP designated manifesto as a stamp-paper claiming that it has been signed by the citizens. Shelar said, “This is just not the BJP’s manifesto but an agreement we have signed with the citizens assuring them that whatever provisions, schemes, services have been introduced will be fulfilled by the party after coming into power.”

Further the development oriented manifesto promises plenty of populist schemes for all sections across the society.

Following the motto of Transparency (no more corruption), the manifesto proposes a number of steps especially in the vigilance sector which the BJP chief claimed was missing under the present dispensation.

BJP has promised a white paper on the contractors and declaration of income tax by the corporators every year. “With everyone’s support in the corporation we will bring certain amendments in the sections 161 and 163 of the BMC Act, which then will bring every contractor, officer including elected representatives to disclose their Income tax,” said Shelar. He added that that a deputy Lokayukta will be setup in the civic body which will address the problems and complaints of common citizens. Also, two major task forces have been proposed to be set up.

Under a video conferencing system the entire working of the administration would be monitored and the project will be given to a contractor. In case there are any variations in the amount of the bid then that will be audited by a third party auditor and after only then the proposal will be brought to the standing committee for further discussion.

“We are promising a robust and rapid development of the city and repeating the party resolution to work on transparency agenda CM assured the citizens will get integrated facilities,” said Shelar.

The Sena has slammed the manifesto saying the BJP has made a mountain out of a mole hill. Sena MLC Anil said, “The BJP manifesto is just a document of tall promises. More like khoda pahad aur nikla chuha.” He said the BJP was hoodwinking the public.

The opposition parties have slammed the manifesto saying BJP is fooling the citizens. Clyde Crasto, NCP spokesperson said, “BJP is only trying to influence Mumbaikar’s to gain votes.”

Key features of BJP manifesto

Pothole-free roads in 5 years, till then no street tax.

To introduce mobile application to address citizens’ grievances.

The projects taken up by BMC in last 20 years under Public Private Partnership module for education, medical and other projects will be investigated by retired judge.

24×7 water to be provided and under Right to Water, every family will be provided 750 litres water on which corporation takes eight per cent charge every year. No more extra charges.

The citizens would be provided with more 3200 MLD water with the help of Gargai, Pinjal and Daman Ganga dams.

Salt water treatment plant will be set up.

Sewage treated water will be utilized to wash roads of Mumbai’s to make Mumbai pollution and dust free.

Families who are living in flood-prone areas would be given extra FSI so redevelopment of flood prone area buildings would be easier.

Eight sewage treatment plants will be set up.

Electricity from waste management.

Waste collection vehicle information will be available on mobile phones.

Waste treated water will be used to wash railway bogies, BEST bus, State transport (ST buses) and private vehicles. A separate place would be provided for sewage treatment plant.

Separate plants for debris treatment will also be setup.

Unhygienic public toilets will be given free electricity and water as incentives to maintain them well and motivate people to use it cleanly.

To decongest Mumbai city, a ‘Traffic comprehensive Mobility Plan’ will be worked out.

Five new medical colleges will be constructed.

A special budget provision will be made for Mumbai open space and beautification.

Beach Beautification programmes will be undertaken; East Coast, which comes under Bombay Port Trust, will be beautified and kept open for public.

Mangroves theme park will be setup on 30 per cent land of Mumbai city with people’s participation.

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