BJP Man­i­festo All Set to Fo­cus on ‘Core’ Prom­ises Metro & rail cor­ri­dors, in­te­grated tick­et­ing high on agenda

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - Kr­ishna.Ku­mar @times­group.com

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

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