Trams, double-decker flyovers in Delhi Congress manifesto

New Delhi, Nov 12 : Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit Tuesday gave an outline of the Congress party's yet-to-be released manifesto, promising more toilets for women, trams, double-decker flyovers and single administrative command if voted to power.

Delhi, which has 70 assembly constituencies, will go to polls Dec 4.

"Delhi has seen continuous progress in the past 15 years and the development is visible. In our manifesto, which will come out in 4-5 days, we will tell the steps for the future," Dikshit said at a news conference.

The three-time chief minister said it was a matter of "shame" that the city lacked public toilets and announced that every constituency will have 20 women toilets if her party is voted back to power.

On reducing the multiplicity of authorities in the capital, which Dikshit said was an obstacle in the path of progress, her government would demand "single command".

"With Delhi getting a single command we would be more answerable to all of you. This would be for the betterment of the public," Dikshit said.

She said double-decker flyovers and monorail would also figure in the manifesto. The chief minister said a study on re-introducing trams would be commissioned.

She also promised to set up a "labour holding centre" for migrant workers and said her party would ensure there were no homeless in the city.

Dikshit listed her government's "achievement" of regularising 895 unauthorised colonies and spending around Rs.4,000 crore on their development.

The present education scheme - Laadli - for girl child's education would be extended to Kabil Laadli in which Rs.50,000 would be spent on skill development of each girl after she finishes school, she said.

Dikshit attacked the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for "misleading" people by making baseless allegations against her party and asked them to prove their claims.

"I can say with pride that in the last 15 years, no scandal took place. The points raised by the Comptroller and Auditor General and Shunglu Committee in the Commonwealth Games were answered and culprits were punished," Dikshit said.

--IANS (Posted on 12-11-2013)

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