Releasing a dream manifesto,the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee,on Friday,tried to come back into the race for the forthcoming municipal corporation elections in the state. The manifesto,prepared by the Manifesto Committee headed by Congress Legislative Party leader Sunil Jakhar promises corruption-free functioning in addition to a 24-hour helpline at every corporation and time-bound redressal of all complaints.
The party promised to set up Suvidha centres at every corporation for single-window clearing of all applications. It will also set up online interactive services to move towards e-governance in addition to online payment of all municipal dues and SMS alerts for all services.
The party also promised to extend Right to Service Act to all the services of MC,especially for building plans,TS-1 and land-use change. They assured that all Congress councillors will declare their audited assets and liabilities in first week of every financial year.
The party promised to arrange direct central Government grants for houses for urban poor,sewerage systems,beautification of cities and water supplies from central schemes.
It promised regularisation of all unauthorised colonies within municipal limits and extension of municipal limits upto 2-5 km from present municipal boundaries. Provision of water supply,electricity supply,mettled roads and sewerage in all such converted unauthorised colonies.
Bittu new head
of campaign body
Much to the surprise of senior Congress leader from Jalandhar,Tejinder Singh Bittu has been appointed as the acting chairman of the Congress campaign committee,which has far more senior Congress leaders as its member. The senior leaders will now assist Bittu with the MC elections. Many senior leaders are not happy with this decision by the Congress high command and expressed reservations to work under a junior. They said that former PPCC President and MP Mohinder Singh Kay Pee could have been appointed as the acting chairman.
Full CCTV coverage on all major city roads and on entry and exit points of cities to put check on rise of urban crime.
Allocation of dedicated budgetary support to all resident welfare associations (RWA) from municipal funds to tackle minor issues.
Construct bridges and under ways to ease traffic congestion. Also develop ring roads and bypasses to ease traffic congestion with the aid of state and central governments.
One-fourth of Municipal Corporation work tenders up to Rs 12 lakh to be given to unemployed youth.
Develop multi-story parking at congested commercial areas.
FAR (floor area ratio) and Height restrictions to be eased both in commercial and residential properties.
All such area and roads which have become commercial/industrial will be declared either commercial or will be permitted mixed land use. No further demolitions will happen.
No municipal land will be sold to meet regular expenses of corporation or state but will be used to create public utilities.