Special awards such as Mumbai Ratna and Mumbai Bhushan, a statue of goddess Lakshmi in Mulund, garbage chutes in every old south Mumbai building, insurance cover for every taxpayer in the city and medicinal herbs for every garden. This is the Shiv Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party alliance’s Rs 5.46 crore wish list for Mumbai.
The ruling saffron alliance, on Wednesday, amended the civic budget to include its wish list.
“We have included many proposals from citizens such as the setting up of a research and development cell for the roads department and a helpline for senior citizens in the amended budget,” said Rahul Shewale, chairman of the standing committee, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.
Though the civic administration has agreed to make provisions for the wish list, the officials have raised doubts over the feasibility of the projects. “As it is a political gimmick for the ruling alliance, we don’t want to object to it. The decision to implement the projects or shelve them lies with us,” said a civic official.
Corporators, too, think that the Sena’s demands are just a case of wishful thinking. “These plans seem good on paper, but are not practical. Ideally, amendments should be made keeping the city’s ground realities in mind,” said Congress corporator Asif Zakaria.
This is not the first time that the Sena has made ambitious demands. In 2009, the civic budget, on the insistence of the ruling alliance, had included a slew of beautification projects that have failed to materialise even three years later. These included Mumbai Eye, on the lines of the London Eye, and a wax museum.