MCD polls: BJP comes out with Delhi vision doc
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Last Updated: Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 21:09
New Delhi: With campaigning for municipal polls entering the last leg, a desperate BJP on Wednesday came out with a vision document for Delhi listing its priorities for overall development of the city in a bid to woo voters and retain power in municipal administration.

The Vision Delhi 2025, released by BJP leader Arun Jaitley, reflects the party's plan for making Delhi a "model city" in the next 13 years by significantly improving physical infrastructure, governance and fuelling economic growth.

The release of the document came three days after party came out with its manifesto for the civic polls which was widely criticised for repeating the promises it had made ahead of the municipal election in 2007.

"It is a document about party's vision for the entire city. The quality of life of people of Delhi must improve and the document will be guiding principle towards that end," Jaitley said.

Describing Delhi as a "mini India", he said there was a huge scope for improvement in infrastructure, solid waste management, water distribution and environment protection and providing affordable houses to weaker section of the city.

The vision document sets goal for improving the transport, sanitation, sewage treatment, housing and health facilities for the citizens in a time-bound manner.

About physical infrastructure, the party in the document said it will aim to make Delhi the "most pedestrian and cycle friendly city in the world" while ensuring a stress-free commuting environment.

On the power sector, the party said it would plan for generation of 12,000 MW of clean energy in the city by 2016 and make Delhi a "genset and inverter free city".

Aiming to improve the security in the city, the party said it will introduce a "universal emergency telephone hotline" through which people will be able to access emergency response services.

Promising to streamline the water distribution system in the city, the BJP said it is determined to make Delhi a "Tanker Free" city where adequate water is available for all.

"In addition to ensure efficient distribution of water, we would work to ensure that water remains affordable to all residents," the party noted in the document which also sets goal for improving sewage treatment, sanitation and garbage disposal.

The party said it would rid the Yamuna of pollutants and a comprehensive Yamuna Waterfront Development Plan would be made to revive the lost glory of the river.

The party said by 2025, it will try to make Delhi a slum-free city by constructing low cost houses for the poor. It noted that it would allow construction of taller flats in the city to supplement increasing requirement of dwelling units.

"BJP would work to ensure that Delhi has broadband network with highest speed in the world. This would help Delhi in becoming a knowledge hub," the document said.

About education sector, the party said it would put in place an online process for admission into schools and colleges while on the environment front, the party promised to ensure a clean and green environment.

Emphasising the need to improve governance, the party said it would try to put in place a paperless administration while ensuring a "corruption free" service delivery mechanism.

The party also promised to facilitate a better environment for growth of trade and business and said special attention would be given on encouraging knowledge intensive industries.

Asked about his assessment about the polls, Jaitley said he was confident of victory of BJP.

Speaking on the occasion, another senior party leader M Venkaiah Naidu accused the Centre as well as the city government of bringing "bad name" to the national capital following the CWG scams.


First Published: Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 21:09

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