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Sena to serve old wine in new bottle

Almost all the assurances made by the party in its soon-to-be-released manifesto can be found in the 2007 version

With the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls less than a month away, Shiv Sena is ready with its list of promises. The party that is currently at the helm of the civic agency with allies BJP and RPI, has put up hoardings all over the city proclaiming 'Karun dakhavle' (We did it). But sources say, Shiv Sena's soon-to-be-released manifesto for BMC elections will repeat many of the promises it made during the last elections in 2007.


Long road ahead: Sources say the Sena is likely to promise minimising
of digging of roads, an assurance it had also made in its 2007 manifesto.
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Better roads, increase in water supply, reduced flooding problem, improved facilities at municipal hospitals, garbage-free city -- these dreams have already been sold to Mumbaikars in the past. Currently, a bunch of Sena leaders are busy drafting the finer points of the forthcoming manifesto, sources say.

Advocating the repetition, a senior Sena corporator said, "Better roads and water supply would always be there in the agenda as they are related to day-to-day problems of citizens. We are trying to work out what we can do for better roads other than concretising and asphalting, to ensure smooth traffic movement."

"Constant upgrade is required for municipal hospitals and schools, which are overburdened because of increasing population. And for that we are going to ensure municipal hospitals with super-specialty facilities," he added. 

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Another Sena leader informed this newspaper that the entire agenda for the next five years is to develop the city as per international norms. "Hospitals, fire stations, open spaces, schools etc would be developed based on the density of population according to international standards. To minimise frequent digging of roads, we would introduce ducting system alongside the streets while concretisation is done. Equitable water distribution is also a problem and plans are being devised on the basis of requirements at ward-level. High rises are creating some problems on this front," he said.

"It isn't that the Sena has not done any work in the past five years. The things promised are ongoing and some of them have been completed.  Markets have been renovated and repaired in the city. While the Middle Vaitarna project is 70% complete, 150 km of roads have been concretised and 350 km asphalted out of the 1,940-km network of roads," said Rahul Shewale, Sena corporator. He added that the work on roads began late due to the problem of processing of loans by the state government.

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