The Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), who are contesting the upcoming civic polls as an alliance, will release their election manifesto in a joint rally next week. It will address the two key concerns of Mumbaiites — bad roads and poor water supply. The manifesto will also promise corruption-free ward offices.
“We are not keen on negative campaign and will focus on what the Congress-NCP state government has done in the last 12 years, and how we can address serious civic lacunae in Mumbai like bad roads and poor water supply,” said NCP city chief Narendra Verma.
The manifesto will promise more testing laboratories for road materials to keep a check on substandard civic work. Currently, there is only one such laboratory, at Worli. It will also assure citizens of more transparency in road contracts. The parties will commit to providing citizens clean and round-the-clock water supply by bringing in changes to the system and improving quality control.
Gauging the mood of the citizenry against corruption, the alliance will promise to put in place a high-level vigilance committee to hear graft complaints against civic officers in all the 24 administrative wards.
Working women, commuters, students and senior citizens will also be wooed by the ruling alliance, sources say. The NCP is planning to improve facilities outside railway stations, including cleaner toilets for women, along with daycare facilities at playgrounds.
The Congress has planned free bus passes for girl students and subsidising of bus pass for senior citizens by 50%. The manifesto will call for upgrading of health care centres in every ward, along with pathology laboratories for testing of diseases.
The joint rally, likely to be held at Bandra-Kurla Comlpex grounds, will see NCP chief Sharad Pawar along with chief minister Prithviraj Chavan releasing the manifesto in presence of senior leaders of both parties and all the selected candidates.