The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will nominate shadow corporators in every ward after the Lok Sabha polls to track government money being spent on various projects in the city, AAP national executive member Prithvi Reddy said on Saturday.
At the launch of the campaign Nanna Hana, Nanage Beku Lekka (I want account for my money) and release of the party’s agenda for Bangalore and Karnataka, Prithvi told reporters that it costs `2 crore to lay one km of quality double-road and it can be maintained by spending Rs.25 lakh to asphalt it once every five years.
“The BBMP has spent Rs.17,840 crore in the last few years. If this amount was utilised properly, we would have had 8,500 km of high quality roads in the city,” he said.
Prithvi said the BBMP spends Rs.450 crore to clear garbage in the city, while Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai generate more garbage than Bangalore, but spend only Rs.250 crore, Rs.177 crore and Rs.135 crore respectively.
Of the 695 BBMP projects reviewed by the technical vigilance cell, only two were found to be viable, he charged.
Prithvi said of the Rs.1,11,114 crore revenue generated by the state, `86,430 crore is from taxes, which includes Rs.68,480 crore indirect taxes. Therefore, every individual has the right and responsibility to track public money as it is his or her money, he said. Prithvi said the government has plans to spend `1,30,771 crore on projects in the coming years.
In its agenda, AAP has said it would focus on civic issues, create a holistic plan and vision for mobility and establish satellite towns around the city.
Commuter rail system, improving public transport across the state, promoting non-motorised transport, initiating efficient solid waste management, providing quality education with special emphasis on vocational training, low cost housing for the urban poor and providing permanent and humane shelter for slum dwellers are also mentioned in the party’s agenda. The party has also included providing efficient and corruption free governance. ENS