The voter has spoken out loud, it's Kejriwal's turn to deliver on promises

An Aam Aadmi Party worker takes part in celebrations after the party's win in the Delhi Assembly polls
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which returned to power in Delhi for a third consecutive term, has its task cut out for the next five years — from providing 24X7 piped drinking water and round-the-clock power supply and bustling markets to cleaning Yamuna, appointing “mohalla” marshalls, and installing CCTV cameras for the safety of women.

The AAP in its manifesto had laid out 10 “guarantees” by party chief Arvind Kejriwal if elected to power.

Some of them would build upon the work already done in the last five years, such as promise of underground cable to bring electricity to every household, world-class education facility for every child, affordable health care, and reducing pollution to a third of the current levels.

The party has lined up initiatives to help the trading and business community of Delhi. The party will go for some low-hanging fruits, such as providing legal protection to street hawkers and vendors. “We will issue the certificate of vending within six months and set up international quality kiosks to prevent harassment of street vendors at the hands of the MCD and the Delhi Police,” the party stated in its manifesto

However, the increased footfall in Delhi has pushed the carrying capacity of the city's infrastructure to its limits and this will pose to be a big challenge for Kejriwal. “In a zeal to do good some of the unseen issues have not been tackled by them, such as lack of drainage and sewage facilities in unauthorised areas,” a senior government official said.

The AAP plans to provide basic amenities, such as the sewage system to unauthorised colonies and pucca housing for slum dwellers of Delhi, in the next five years. “It will not be easy...There is no space in such areas to even put a dustbin sometimes...They have the money to do it but implementation and getting the support of the municipal corporation and the Jal Board will be crucial, too,” the senior government official added.

Kejriwal, who once said that the biggest gift of the BJP to Delhi was the waste mountain at Ghazipur, which could even exceed the height of Taj Mahal, has promised to make Delhi garbage and debris free.

Delhi government schools after introducing the happiness and entrepreneurship curriculum will bring in a deshbhakti (patriotism) curriculum.

As far as building infrastructure goes the AAP plans to extend Delhi's metro network to 500 km and a pilot of redesigning 40km of road within a year. “We will allocate adequate funds for infrastructure development and upgrading market and industrial areas.”

The Delhi government under the AAP will carry out a comprehensive review and rationalisation of circle rates across Delhi with actual market prices to protect the interests of the property owners. The party will continue to push for its demand for full statehood to achieve “long-term solutions for issues like MCD-led sealing, deteriorating law and order, non-provision of land for building new schools, colleges, clinics, hospitals.”




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