The alliance of Congress,Republican Party of India (Kawade group) and Dalit Panther released its 25-point manifesto on Thursday with promise of improving public transport and traffic conditions in the city. The manifesto also promised not to increase taxes in the next five years and a plan to start a transport service in Mula-Mutha river.
The manifesto was released at Congress Bhavan by Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee chairman Manikrao Thakre and general secretary of All India Congress Committee Mohan Prakash. Like the Nationalist Congress Party,the Congress too has promised to start the Metro rail. The Congress manifesto,however,is silent on whether it will be underground or elevated. Our aim will be to preserve the heritage of the city and give it a modern face at the same time, Thakre said. The manifesto comprises about six promises already mentioned in the new development plan of the city published in December last year. These promises are Shivsrushti,a huge memorial of Shivaji Maharaj in Kothrud,permanent houses for all slum-dwellers in the next decade,new medical college,a film city in Erandwane,a heritage zone around Shanivarwada and an international cricket stadium.
When asked what the difference was between the 2007 manifesto and this,Thakre said,After 2007,the mandate was not on our side. So we are urging people to vote for Congress this time.
When questions were asked about water transport services promised,city Congress chief Abhay Chhajed said,The waterway will be from Rajaram Bridge to Kharadi. Though the plan for it is ready,we have not yet brought out any estimate. Thakre added,This plan wont be possible unless we clean the river and remove obstacles.
Some other promises are making the river pollution-free,grants for self-help groups,low-cost homes for the middle class,free E-learning for Classes V to X students and free tablet computers to students from Classes V to VII.