When it comes to wooing voters, political parties do not shy away from promising the moon. The Congress and the BJP too made similar pledges in their 2011 manifestos for the MC elections. But five years down the line, both the parties have failed to keep their word.
Some common unfulfilled promises include garbage disposal, malba removal, the uplift of cremation grounds and graveyards and construction of more banquets in sectors.
Congress chief Pardeep Chhabra said the party had fulfilled most of the promises made in 2011, but the BJP disrupted the House for four years and never allowed them to work. However, he added that this time the party will keep more than its word.
Contradicting Chhabra’s statement, mayor Arun Sood said it was the Congress that failed to fulfil these promises for four years, but in the past year the BJP did most of the work.
However, the blame game goes on with both parties politicising every issue. Promises that the two parties kept in the last five years were negligible compared to the claims made by both
- The MC bills were made available online for total transparency and greater efficiency, online filling of property tax returns under self-assessment scheme and birth and death certificates along with them made available online.
Unkept promises of Congress
GARBAGE DISPOSAL: The proper collection and disposal of garbage still remains an issue worth improving for the city. The party had claimed that it will try to come up with a lasting solution for the problem of foul smell emanating from the plant, but nothing was worked out to date.
MALBA REMOVAL: In 2011 former Union minister Pawan Kumar Bansal suggested to the general house that special teams and vehicles should be deployed across the city to pick up ‘malba’. For almost four years, the suggestion was reiterated by every Congress mayor soon after assuming power but nothing was done to this effect.
UPLIFT OF CREMATORIUMS AND GRAVEYARDS: Every mayor in his term visited the cremation grounds to upgrade their facilities but no specific change took place.
ACTION PLAN FOR INDUSTRIAL AREA: The councillors have claimed that the roads, drainage and street lighting in the Industrial Area will be improved. But even after ten years, these issues remain for all to see.
MISSION FOR CITY BEAUTIFUL: The strengthening of primary education, introduction of scholarships for students, access for all to modern health services and others remained on paper.
- The BJP completed the work of 24-hour water supply in Phases 5 and 6 from Kajauli water works. The city is expected to get additional water supply by next summer.
Unkept promises of BJP
PARKING: Plan to construct more multi-storied and underground parking spaces
TRAFFIC: Plan to construct flyovers and more roads
LOCAL TRANSPORT: Metro rail linking Chandigarh, Panchkula, SAS Nagar, Kharar, Kurali, Morinda. The party claimed that bus services will be improved.
MARKET BEAUTIFICATION: Better streetlight management within city markets will be ensured and drinking water will be made available where there were no such facilities
FOR MC EMPLOYEES: Plan to regulate all contractual MC employees and to form a committee for their problems
GARBAGE LIFTING SYSTEM: Plan to make the functioning of the Dadumajra garbage processing plant more efficient with the help of technical experts
BANQUET HALLS: Plan to construct more banquets within city sectors to provide residents better facilities.