Setting its eyes firmly on Bangalore, which has a useful 28 Assembly seats of the total 223 going to polls, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday came out with an exclusive manifesto for the city.
Road Map for Bangalore City Development 2013-18, released by BJP national general secretary Ananth Kumar, tries to woo young voters by promising to relax the present curfew on nightlife. It assures them of extending the timings of eateries till 1 a.m. from the present 11.30 p.m. and throw in an extra half hour in bars’ closing time.
The party has reiterated its promise of enacting a separate Act for Bangalore city development, providing for implementation of Mayor-in-Council system under which the Mayor would be elected directly from the people for a term of five years as against the present system of electing the Mayor from among the councillors for a term of one year.
The Bangalore manifesto seeks to give priority for implementation of the Akrama-Sakrama scheme to regularise unauthorised constructions by collecting penalty. Pointing out that the Governor is yet to give his assent to the Bill adopted by both the Houses of the State legislature, the manifesto says amendments, if necessary, would be made to get clearance for this Bill as it is pinning its hopes on this scheme to raise resources for infrastructure development.
It also promises to regularise revenue sites by collecting development fee from owners so that they would get clearances for getting bank loans for house construction.
Metro, mono rail
The manifesto seeks to complete the second phase of the metro rail within the next three years besides creating a monorail network in interior areas of the city. Apart from providing a commuter rail network for Bangalore, it has also promised to extend the metro rail network till the Bengaluru International Airport at Devanahalli.
Other poll promises include building four KSRTC bus-stands at the entrances of the city, providing a rebate in property tax to those installing rainwater harvesting at their houses, developing tree parks, taking the legal battle related to taking over Bangalore Palace Grounds to its logical conclusion and developing it as a lung space, creation of green police to protect environment, and building 50 vehicular parking complexes in the city.