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Clean, green city: Cong

delhi Updated: Apr 08, 2012 02:12 IST
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Creating a 'clean' and 'green' Delhi, bringing in greater transparency in municipal administration and carrying out development work in the city are some of the promises the Congress has made for the upcoming civic body elections on April 15.

Terming the trifurcation of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) as a historical step, chief minister Sheila Diskshit said managing the affairs of the corporation will be an easier now.

"Our basic objective would be to make Delhi a clean city, which the BJP-ruled MCD failed to do miserably in the past five years. The MCD failed to deliver as it was riddled with corruption and irregularities," she said on Saturday.

The party has come out with separate manifestos for each of the three new municipalities - South, North and East - focusing on specific needs of the areas on sectors such as health, education, sanitation and other basic infrastructure.

The party has devoted the first few pages of their manifesto to the achievements of the Delhi government in the past few years and what it did during its stint in the MCD from 2002 to 2007.

To reach out as many people as it can, the Congress, for the first time, released its election manifesto in English, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu.

"Congress government gave a new look to the city. But look at the MCD. It totally failed even to ensure basic cleanliness across the city," said Dikshit.

Dikshit also pulled up the BJP for major building collapses, especially referring to east Delhi's Lalita Park building collapse in which 71 were killed.

Dikshit attributed "corruption in the MCD" for a number of building collapses in the city in the last couple of years stating that during BJP's rule illegal construction has mushroomed and "unsafe constructions" have been taking place.

The manifesto has also pointed towards several scams in the MCD including the alleged ghost employee scam and irregularity in appointment of MCD teachers who had submitted fake certificates.

Stressing on the health sector, the manifesto promises free walking sticks and spectacles for senior citizens who require them. It also promises free spectacles to children, if they require them.

"The basic factors, which are same in all the three corporations, are about bringing greater transparency in municipal administration and fixing accountability. Depending on the needs of the three corporations, we have announced different projects and policies," said Jai Prakash Aggarwal, president of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee.

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