The BJP borrowed a leaf from Shiv Sena’s book and published its manifesto, which lists the developmental work undertaken by the Thane Civic commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal in the last two years. Apart from this, the party has also promised to close all five toll posts around Thane city by 2019.
The manifesto was released in Thane on Sunday. It promises a Wi-fi enabled city, CCTV cameras for security, a chowpatty at Kharegaon, metered water, wider roads, water transport, implementation of parking and hawkers policy and development of reserved plots, all of which are projects undertaken by Jaiswal. The Sena too had highlighted most of the projects taken forward by the civic commissioner.
Apart from these, the BJP has also promised to put a stop to the five tolls in Thane by 2019. The party made a similar promise during the Assembly poll when MLA Sanjay Kelkar released his manifesto, however all the five across Thane are still operational.
Sanjay Kelkar, BJP MLA, said, “We have already closed 65 tolls across the state, it is true that none of those in Thane were included. We assure that all the five tolls will be shut by 2019 .”
It also repeats the metro, cluster development and Kopri Bridge-widening promises, which even the Sena has tried to take credit for. Kelkaar also added that the BJP will follow up the project for constructing the Shai Dam, which will make the city self reliant in its water requirement for over 100 years.
The manifesto also promises to renovate Dadoji Kondev Stadium, so that many national and international games are played in the city. Sandeep Lele, BJP’s city president for Thane, said, “We will end the flat-area-wise water billing system introduced by the TMC, and install water meters. Our aim is to make Thane 100% literate by plugging the drop outs, introducing digital classrooms and digital libraries. We also plan to start day care centres for senior citizens and children.”
The party also has declared a few facilities for women, including e-toilets every one kilometer, the information for which will be available through mobile applications. These toilets will also have sanitary napkin vending and disposal machines. BJP has also announced to start awards for areas or societies, which are the cleanest in the city.
Highlights of the manifesto
· Make TMC free of corruption and bring about transparency in its functioning.
· Rennovate Dadooji Kondev Stadium in par with international standards
· Make Thane a Wi-fi city
· Digital traffic control room to make the city free of congestion
· Develop Upavan lake as a tourist spot.
· Chowpatty at Kharegaoon, Thane (E), Nagla Bunder and Kalwa
· One counter in every ward to explain the central and state government schemes
· Provide generic medicines to the residents
· Develop network of technical and engineering colleges in the city
· Higher educational hub in Thane