BENGALURU: A Congress vision document for Bengaluru, released by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Monday, promises to make the IT capital of the country one of the top 50 cities in the world.
The decision to release the document just a week after the party released its manifesto has raised many eyebrows.
However, the four-page document fails to throw any insight into any of the civic challenges of the city and does not offer any concrete and time-bound solutions.
All that the party has done is listing the problems which have been discussed and debated several times in the past and promising to solve them if voted to power in the August 22 elections.
For example, the document talks about enacting a law making segregation of wet and dry waste at the source mandatory, besides setting up more processing units and reducing the dumping of waste in land fills. The party had made a similar promise in the 2013 Assembly elections.
Other promises include
- Increase the number of buses by 25 per cent
- Develop bus priority lanes
- Build 48-km elevated North-South and East-West corridors
- Build 50 Tender SURE roads with more space for traffic
- Complete the first phase of Namma Metro by March 2016 and take up the second phase at a cost of Rs 26,000 crore
- Use technology extensively in delivery of citizen services
- Involve residents in city’s governance
- Set up a coordination committee to ensure greater synergy in the functioning of BWSSB, BESCOM, BMTC, BDA, police and others
- Hike housing assistance to Rs 3 lakh per house
BJP Wanted To Pledge Town Hall
Siddaramaiah launched a scathing attack on the BJP, accusing it of bankrupting the BBMP during its rule. “They had raised loans by pledging several government buildings as they had no money for the fuel of corporation vehicles. They had even come to me seeking permission to pledge the Town Hall, but I convinced them not to do so by promising financial assistance,” he said. CM, who has been involved in hectic campaigning for the past few days, expressed confidence that the Congress will win the election with an absolute majority. “I can sense that the mood is in our favour. People are fed up with the BJP’s corrupt administration.”