Facing severe criticism during the 2007 municipal elections for its manifesto that went overboard with schemes and incentives that had nothing to do with the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has decided to keep it “realistic” this year.
Topping the promise list this time is 100 more parking facilities in Delhi.
The manifesto, which will be released either on April 7 or 8, is expected to focus on improving the primary education system in Delhi.
The BJP will also pledge to ensure all children get schooling facilities and promise to tackle malnutrition by providing nourishing food as part of the midday meal scheme.
The party will promise to make the three corporations financially independent and solve the key issues of sanitation and health.
It will come up with a single manifesto for all corporations with a few pages devoted to each of the three.
In the 2007 manifesto, the party had promised unrealistic schemes such as cleaning the Yamuna, making electricity cheaper, giving ID cards to all residents of Delhi and even a new industrial policy — none were under its jurisdiction.
Many services such as electricity and industries come under the Delhi government.
According to party sources, the people who framed the 2007 manifesto were senior leaders of BJP who had not worked in the civic agency
"This year, several leaders of MCD are framing the manifesto and they will strictly adhere to functions related to the civic body. Major focus will be on maintaining sanitation and constructing more parking lots," said a senior BJP leader.
She added the party would promise to construct several multi-level underground parking lots in MCD parks to de-congest commercial and residential areas. “The parking will be underground so that the top can be developed into a green zone,” she added.
The MCD is currently building 18 underground multi-level car parks in the city.