The first thing new Chief Minister Ashok Chavan needs to do, of course, is ensure peace and safety — every day. For God’s sake, Mr Chavan, implement the recommendations of the several committees set up over the years and give decent pay, better amenities and a more congenial work atmosphere to our police force. Today, our policemen are equal to those jawans guarding the borders of our country. They are under a lot of pressure, day in and day out. They have the toughest jobs. And yet they are pathetically underpaid.
We need these brave men to be fit, well motivated and well armed. We need them to feel secure about their jobs and the welfare of their families. We need all their attention focussed on their work.
Second, Ashok Chavan needs to clean up this city. We’re losing tourists as it is, what with the terror and the downturn. The mounds of garbage, filth and construction debris are not helping. Neither are the mushrooming slums.
I have travelled across the country and I just do not understand why our city is the filthiest. No one, even in our own country, has slime on the streets and overflowing garbage bins in every corner. Also, the countless political banners must go.
If netas want to suck up to the high command and pat each other on the back, let them head to Delhi and do it in person. Or use their own personal property for the congratulatory and birthday wishes. Just leave our streets out of this sycophancy.
And then, of course, there’s our never-ending blackout situation.
Every evening, families in Thane, Dombivli, Kalyan and several other towns across the state and Greater Mumbai region are forced to huddle around emergency lights and bunches of candles as they go without power for hours on end.
In many places, the power cuts stretch for a disgraceful eight hours per day. Chavan needs to revamp the MSEDC and, if they cannot improve the power situation, just hand over supply and distribution to the Tatas. You may not know it, Mr Chavan, but these people have had enough. And if you don’t watch out, this spreading blackout could cost you your chair in the next elections.
Another thing that will decide your next term is infrastructure, so get moving on all those incomplete project, Mr Chavan. Meanwhile, my best wishes to you and your team. Happy New Year!