BJP Manifesto All Set to Focus on ‘Core’ Promises Metro & rail corridors, integrated ticketing high on agenda
Mumbai: The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) manifesto for the Mumbai civic elections, that will be unveiled in the next few days, promises a huge infrastructure bonanza if the party is voted to power.
Its manifesto is going to focus on how it will complete a number of proposed metro projects in the city, and speaks of the completion of the Panvel to CST and the Virar to Churchgate elevated rail corridor networks.
The party’s manifesto is also going to speak about creating a ‘flood-free Mumbai’. BJP leaders said that unlike the Shiv Sena which has promised freebies such as no property tax if voted to power, they aren’t doing the same. “We will say that if people aren’t happy with the condition of roads, then they do not have to pay road tax,” said one of the leaders on the condition of anonymity. The BJP and Sena have decided to go it alone for the upcoming BMC polls. The manifesto also prom- ises that if the BJP comes to power, it will put into place an Integrated Ticketing System (ITS) where a commuter who alights from a train and hops on to a bus doesn’t have to buy a ticket all over again. This means that one doesn’t have to get into a bus or go to a railway station to buy a ticket -- one can travel on the Metro, Central and Western Railway, buses, and even use the Monorail on a single ticket.
The promise of an ITS system has been in the works for more than a decade now, but CM Fadnavis had promised in November last year that the ITS will soon be a reality. While the Panvel to CST elevated corridor tenders will be floated by the railways this year, the Churchgate to Virar line isn’t finding any takers as it has to be built on the PPP model.
The manifesto is also going to underline how the BJP will create a waterwaybased transport by using the city’s coastline.
ON RIGHT TRACK! A monorail train in Mumbai BLOOMBERG