After all the hue and cry, BJP forgets Metro in its manifesto

Apr 15, 2014, 06:45 IST | Priyankka Deshpande

Party’s Lok Sabha candidate, Anil Shirole says that the Pune Metro project is on their list of priorities, but at the moment they want to focus on river and infrastructure issues

After raising much hue and cry to get the proposed metro rail project in the city going, there was no mention of this development in the party’s manifesto, which was released yesterday.

BJP leaders Vinod Tawade and Anil Shirole at the release of the manifesto yesterday. Pic/Mohan Patil

With the traffic situation worsening by the day, metro is the answer to many of commuters’ woes. But, it looks like the party is more interested in aping the Gujarat development model rather than focusing on what the city needs the most.

The city wing of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been putting a tough fight to bring the metro to the city for a long time, be it in the Municipal Corporation or state assembly. However, when it came to announcing their agenda for the city, they chose to ignore the subject in their manifesto.

“It would always be on our list of priorities. However, first we want to work on those projects which have failed in functioning smoothly,” said Anil Shirole, party’s Lok Sabha candidate for Pune.

According to Shirole, the public transport system like the PMPML, and projects like the BRTS are plagued by
roadblocks and need attention.

Their focus is now on issues like rivers and infrastructure, they said. Shirole wants to adopt the Ahmedabad model in Pune.
“I want to make Pune a smart city. I have travelled in BRTS in Ahmedabad, which is an ideal project in the entire country. I want such a service in our city,” he said.

Impressed with the Sabarmati Riverfront Development Project in Ahmedabad, Shirole said, “I want to replicate this on the Mutha riverbank in Pune, which is the lifeline of the city. However, it is extremely
polluted, and I would like to turn it into the Sabarmati river of Ahmedabad,” Shirole said.

Development of the satellite city is another example of how the Pune manifesto is being influenced by Gujarat’s model of development. “Planned city, development of the suburbs and good connectivity with adjoining cities is what I want to develop in Pune,” Shirole added.

Garbage and slum-free city, adequate water supply and health services, better public transport and regular power supply are the other points mentioned in party’s city manifesto.

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