Citizens launch their own manifestos

Neha Basudkar
Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Ravindra Sinha, representing citizens groups of Pimpri-Chinchwad, said, “We have listed 20 types of demands which are necessary to be taken by the future representative.”

PUNE: To draw attention to the problems that are pending over several years, citizens from the city have released manifestos listing issues they are facing. 

A manifesto has been prepared by citizen groups like Mission Groundwater, Vasundhara Foundation, Mission Pavana Sanskruti. Another manifesto was released by citizen groups of fringe areas including Wagholi Housing Society Association (WHSA), yet others from National Society for Clean Cities (NSCC), Senior Citizen Forum and Climate Reality Project-India and from Kharadi Housing Society Welfare Association.

Ravindra Sinha, representing citizens groups of Pimpri-Chinchwad, said, “We have listed 20 types of demands which are necessary to be taken by the future representative.”

Nitinkumar Jain, representing WHAS, said, “For last several years, we were facing major issues like rampant garbage burning, no proper roads, no dumping yard and continuous air pollution. The Gram Panchayat was not working towards solving any of these issues.”

Shashikant Dalvi representing NSCC,  Senior Citizen Forum and Climate Reality Project-India, said, “Considering global warming, political parties must include points related to sustainable living, giving time-bound action programmes to counter the danger to our very survival posed by rising global warming.”

Deepak Patil, representing Kharadi Housing Society Welfare Association, said, “We had made a manifesto during the municipal election of 2017 and submitted it, but the problems listed in the manifesto were ignored.” 

- Citizens should get right to seek transfer of civic employees and right to file criminal cases against them for dereliction of duty or deliberate delay in work; mandatory transfer after five years; villages be merged into corporation after population crosses 1 lakh. 
- River development projects should focus only on river rejuvenation. 
- Green India Commission be formed. 
- Dedicated police force for environment-related crimes; NGT powers to include arrest, imprisoning those involved in such crimes.
- Courts need to be citizen-friendly with open days; awareness events for public; basic knowledge of law should be school subject.
- One nation one vehicle tax.
- Zero per cent GST on solar panels for 3 years.

- Inclusion of Wagholi in PMC limits or convert Panchayat into Nagar Parishad
- Stop dumping of garbage and set up garbage processing facility
- Sanction 1.5 TMC water quota and construct water line for Wagholi
- Good quality roads

- Collection of segregated waste from hotels and hawkers, stop rampant garbage burning
- Traffic issues to be addressed and dedicated traffic police station
- Metro should be extended
- Flyover on Nagar Road and at Mundhwa Chowk
- Dedicated dam for water supply
- Mula Mutha river clean-up

- Awareness programme at all levels on causes for global warming
- Electric vehicles, efficient public transport, tree planting, green building norms for reducing carbon emission
- Groundwater recharge using rainwater harvesting along with grey water recycling and its reuse must be included in water supply schemes
- Forest cover be increased

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