BJP report card ahead of Delhi civic polls

Nearly five years after the BJP released its manifesto for elections to Delhi’s municipal corporations, over half the promises laid out in the document remain unfulfilled.

Updated - March 18, 2017 02:22 pm IST

Published - March 18, 2017 01:32 pm IST

Rajeev Bhatt

Rajeev Bhatt

An analysis of the manifesto by  The Hindu  revealed that 44 tangible promises were made. Of these, six or 13.63% have been fulfilled, 10 or 22.72% partially implemented and 28 or 63.63% remain unfulfilled.

Governance

  • Promise #1 Status: Fulfilled

    Adding more services to the citizen's charter with fixed time-frames. Information on services and deadlines available online

  • Promise #2 Status: Fulfilled

    Creating a single window for factory, shop and establishment licences, and making applications available online. Licencing applications have been made available online

  • Promise #3 Status: Unfulfilled

    Bringing back the powers of the civic bodies that were taken by the Delhi govt. Maintenance of roads above 60 feet in width and sewers remains with the govt.

  • Promise #4 Status: Unfulfilled

    Information of development works to be put up on RWAs' noticeboards and online. No efforts made in this regard

  • Promise #5 Status: Unfulfilled

    Mayor-in-Council to be set up to empower the public. No such body has been created

  • Promise #6 Status: Partially fulfilled

    Making property tax payments online and bringing all properties under the net. Heritage buildings to be exempted. While property tax can be paid online, only 30% to 40% of properties are under the net. Heritage buildings exempted

  • Promise #7 Status: Fulfilled

    Simplifying building by-laws and taking the process of applying for sanction plans online. The UD Ministry took the lead and took Delhi and Mumbai's building plan sanctioning online

  • Promise #8 Status: Unfulfilled

    Giving retired municipal employees their pension on time. Due to financial crisis, not only pensions, but salaries have also been delayed

Sanitation

  • Promise #1 Status: Unfulfilled

    Door-to-door garbage collection and waste segregation to be extended across the city. Only central zone in south Delhi, Rohini & Civil Lines zones in north Delhi have the service

  • Promise #2 Status: Partially Fulfilled

    Public toilets to be built at busy spots, particularly for women. Progress slow and most markets lack adequate toilets

  • Promise #3 Status: Unfulfilled

    Reclamation of three landfills. No progress on Bhalswa and Okhla landfills. Garbage from Okhla landfill is being used by the NHAI for road construction

  • Promise #4 Status: Fulfilled

    Setting up of waste-to-energy plants, composting facilities and construction and demolition (C&D) waste recycling plants. Delhi has three waste-to-energy plants and two C&D waste cycling plants. However, some were completed or conceived before 2012.

Community service/welfare schemes

  • Promise #1 Status: Unfulfilled

    Social security cards for unorganised sector workers like auto drivers and domestic helps. Despite repeating the promise in budget presentations, no progress made.

  • Promise #2 Status: Unfulfilled

    Policies for helping rickshaw-pullers get their own e-rickshaws. This falls out of the purview of the civic bodies.

  • Promise #3 Status: Unfulfilled

    ID cards and designer kiosks for street vendors. While the civic bodies haven't made any progress, the Centre passed the street vendors' Bill that directs the State govt to identify all vendors.

  • Promise #4 Status: Unfulfilled

    Elevators to be installed in all community centres. Overhaul of community centres with the help of RWAs. Minor renovations at existing community centres, lifts installed in new buildings

  • Promise #5 Status: Unfulfilled

    Number of pensioners up to 3 lakh from 2 lakh and the amount enhanced to ₹1,500 from ₹1,000. Number of pensioners has dipped as civic bodies have been unable to pay pensions for 3 years to 1.5 years.

  • Promise #6 Status: Partially fulfilled

    Jobs and rebate on municipal taxes to ex-servicemen. While SDMC and EDMC have hired some ex-servicemen as office and security staff, there have been no rebate schemes.

  • Promise #7 Status: Partially fulfilled

    Development of Chhath ghats, including making changing rooms and improving sanitation. The ghats are developed during the festive season, with temporary changing rooms and toilets. But no permanent facilities.

  • Promise #8 Status: Unfulfilled

    Weekly markets to be regularised, with essential services for vendors and visitors. The unauthorised weekly markets haven't been regularised yet, despite proposals to do so. No schemes for giving public conveniences.

  • Promise #9 Status: Unfulfilled

    Public intellectuals and community workers to be honoured. No such scheme was implemented implemented yet.

Education

  • Promise #1 Status: Unfulfilled

    Govt. students of Classes IV and V to be given computers. No such scheme has been implemented.

  • Promise #2 Status: Partially fulfilled

    Vacancies for Urdu teachers to be filled. No special drive to boost the numbers of Urdu teachers. Requests sent to the Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board (DSSSB) for recruitment.

  • Promise #3 Status: Unfulfilled

    Opening of Indian languages medium schools. While classes are taught in Indian languages in wards that have the requirement, no separate schools have been set up.

  • Promise #4 Status: Unfulfilled

    ₹5,000 for female students when they reach Class V. The SDMC gives ₹500 to the female students, while the North and East civic bodies do not.

Health

  • Promise #1 Status: Unfulfilled

    One medical clinic to be set up in each ward. No such scheme has been started.

  • Promise #2 Status: Unfulfilled

    Health cards to be issued to all citizens to facilitate healthcard. No scheme has been implemented.

  • Promise #3 Status: Unfulfilled

    Rajan Babu Institute of Pulmonary Medicine and Tuberculosis to be developed into a 'medicity' with a new medical college. Over 70 acres of land at the site was supposed to be used for the college, but the project hasn't started.

  • Promise #4 Status: Fulfilled

    Bringing AYUSH into the mainstream. AYUSH dispensaries have been set up. (The setting up of a separate AYUSH directorate was done before 2012).

Infrastructure

  • Promise #1 Status: Partially fulfilled

    All coal tar roads to be re-laid with ready-mix concrete (RMC). All coal tar roads to be re-laid with ready-mix concrete (RMC).

  • Promise #2 Status: Partially fulfilled

    All unmanned railway crossings to get railway over bridges (ROBs) and railway under bridges (RUBs). RUBs and ROBs have been made, but most projects were started before 2012.

  • Promise #3 Status: Unfulfilled

    Rani Jhansi grade separator project to be completed soon. Started in 2008, the construction is still pending.

  • Promise #4 Status: Partially fulfilled

    Subhash Nagar drain to be covered to make way for a road to ease traffic. About 90% of the drain was covered before an NGT order against covering of drains. It was converted into a green belt instead of a road.

  • Promise #5 Status: Unfulfilled

    All main roads to have pedestrian pathways and cycle tracks. Main roads (those above 60 feet in width) were taken over by the PWD less than two months before the 2012 polls.

  • Promise #6 Status: Partially fulfilled

    Herbal parks to be set up in each ward. Only a handful of these parks have been set up.

  • Promise #7 Status: Unfulfilled

    Youth centres complete with gyms to be made in each ward. No dedicated youth centres, though open-air gyms are being installed in municipal parks.

  • Promise #8 Status: Unfulfilled

    Senior citizens' recreation centres to be set up, with all community centres having separate facility for seniors. Not much progress on setting up of the new centres.

  • Promise #9 Status: Unfulfilled

    Multi-purpose haats to be set up along the lines of the one at Asaf Ali Road. No new haats have been set up. The Mahila Haat at Asaf Ali Road has become defunct and will soon be leased out to host weddings, etc.

  • Promise #10 Status: Unfulfilled

    100 multi-level parking facilities to be made to ease congestion. Not only have new parking projects not been started, pre-2010 projects are yet to be completed.

Unauthorised colonies/slums/JJ clusters

  • Promise #1 Status: Unfulfilled

    Unauthorised colonies to be regularised, with drainage, roads, sanitation, etc., being provided. Of 895 colonies, layout plans of just 51 have ever been cleared by the corporations before and after 2012

  • Promise #2 Status: Unfulfilled

    Services given to residents of legal colonies to be extended to those living in slums, JJ clusters, etc. While sanitation has been provided in some areas, other services like health, education, have not.

Veterinary services

  • Promise #1 Status: Partially fulfilled

    Monkeys and stray dogs will be caught. Dogs will be sterilised and monkeys relocated to forest areas. While new dog sterilisation centres have been set up, progress has been slow. The civic bodies haven't been able to recruit enough monkey catchers.

  • Promise #2 Status: Fulfilled

    Help to be given to organisations that run cow shelters. Feeding charges are given to gaushalas. However, the funds are usually delayed.

  • Promise #3 Status: Unfulfilled

    Areas to be identified for setting up of dairies. No new dairies have been set up. The Ghogha dairy remains the only authorised facility.

 

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