BJP vows better, safer city

BJP vows better, safer city

Releasing its Bengaluru-specific manifesto, the Bharatiya Janata Party has vowed to create a better and safer city.

Union minister Ananth Kumar released “Namma Bengalurige Namma Vachana” (Our promise for Our Bengaluru) on Tuesday at the party’s media centre.

The manifesto focuses primarily on forming a new legislation `Bangalore Metropolitan Regional Governance Act’ (BMRGA) to constitute a new Metropolitan Planning Committee (MPC) to monitor and govern various agencies of the government coming under the city.

The plan also envisages integrating all transportation agencies such as Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) and Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) to introduce a single ticketing system for both. “We will aim to provide a seamless system for transportation where there will be end-to-end connection,” said Ananth Kumar.

Speaking at the event, Kumar said, “We want to protect Bangalore from 3Gs: Goondaism, Gundi (potholes) and also Garbage. We will build a clean and safe Bengaluru. We will also put an end to the builder-contractor land mafia nexus,” he further added.

“The residents of Bangalore are living under the fear after the goondagiri of Nalapad, Petrol Narayanswamy and attack on Lokayukta. We will be making it safe by including Kittur Rani Chennamma squads and also use the Nirbhaya funds to improve the safety of women,” said senior party leader R Ashok.

The manifesto also assures to build houses for the urban poor under Nadaprabhu
Kempegowda Vasathi Yojana and strict enforcement of zoning regulations in the city to curb rampant commercialisation in residential areas.

 Senior party leaders, including Union Minister Prakash Javadekar, member of parliament Rajeev Chandrashekar and Malleshwaram MLA Dr Ashwathnarayan were also present in the event.

The manifesto also vows to finalise a 15-year Comprehensive Development Plan for 2033 based on sustainability, urban poor and livability. It also promises to enable more citizen participation in governance through ward committees.

It envisages creating zoning regulations based on the Japanese model, while also promising homes to all the poor.