AAP plays ‘power’ politics in Karnataka, says no hike in tariff

Bengaluru: One public toilet for every 500 houses, mandatory  segregation of garbage at source, cycle lanes around all major lakes, a directly elected Mayor, a 24×7 urban health centre in every ward, and no  hikes in power tariff are some of the promises made by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in its manifesto for the May 12 poll.

Inviting the people  to be part of a new kind of governance “ to eliminate avoidable suffering, to help each citizen fulfill his potential, and realise the long-delayed promises of development,”  the manifesto, released on Saturday, gives priority to education, health and public services and promises to increase the lung space to 40 per cent of all urban areas , besides increasing the hours of access to parks and playgrounds. On the garbage issue, AAP has promised to prevent dumping of waste outside municipal boundaries, and protect the environment by encouraging community management of parks and lakes and planting of native species of trees. It has also promised to install at least one air quality monitor in every city ward,  draw up integrated master plans and not just land use plans for towns and cities, give priority to pedestrians and provide 120 buses per lakh of population in all urban areas. And like the Congress manifesto, AAP too has laid emphasis on rapid construction of flyovers / underpasses with
in six weeks to solve the traffic issue. To manage power supply, the manifesto says rooftop solar panels will be installed on buildings by the ESCOMs themselves. 

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