Poll promises post mortem - Did they, didn't they?
Mumbai - The BJP Shiv Sena combine that has ruled the civic corporation in Mumbai for the last five years, had made a rash of promises during the 2012 elections. The manifesto the parties had placed in front of the voters had a slew of developmental works that were pledged. Were the promises fulfilled? Mumbai Live takes stock.
- Work completed on the Maroshi-Vakola-Mahim tunnel
- Work completed on the Gundavali- Kapurbavdi-Bhandup complex
- Work in progress on the Pipe in Pipe and microtunneling project
- Yet to take off - A project that would address industrial use of water and recycling of water for sanitation purposes
- A promised trauma care centre in the eastern suburbs did not materialise. However, Jogeshwari got a new trauma care centre
- Work in progress on the modernisation of Asia's largest TB hospital - the civc hospital at Sewri
- No work done on the promise to set up dialysis centres in all municipal hospitals in the city
- No work done on the promise to set up diagnostic labs in all municipal hospitals in the city
- The city's education department budget is increased every year. Yet, 15 per cent of students continue to drop out of municipal schools. The SS BJP combine has been unable to stick to its promise of increasing the number of Marathi medium municipal schools in the city
- Work on at snail's pace on the project to repair civic school buildings in the city
- Virtual classrooms were promised, but the facility has not been extended to all civic schools. Tabs were distributed to students, but the project came under fire for all the wrong reasons
- Periodic evaluation of civic schools for upgradation was promised. The standard of civic schools is however going down each year
Concretisation of maximum roads was promised. Action yet to be taken.
- On the promise to conduct quality audits on the state of the city roads, some civic officials were booked for the sorry state of the roads
- Modern technology was to be employed to ensure better sanitation works. This promise was not kept
- Energy was to be generated from the dumping grounds at Gorai, Kanjur Marg and Mulund. It never saw light.
- All street lanes were to be renovated. Not all lanes in the city were lucky enough to be noticed in this project
- Promise to set up a cricket academy was not kept. The MCA put a gymkhana on the BMC ground, but the ordinary citizen does not have access
- Aditya Thackeray kept the promise to set up open gyms in various public places. This was part of the pledge to set up gymnasiums and jogging tracks on priority basis
- Work in progress on upgrading he Veermata Jeejabai Garden to international standards
- There was also a promise to expand green cover in Mumbai with the planting of trees. Mumbai did not turn green as promised.