Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) councillors belonging to the BJP strongly believe that Jaipur should go the Ahmedabad way as far as the Bus Rapid Transit Service (BRTS) is concerned.
Over 30 councillors had attended a one-day seminar on local self-governance held in Ahmedabad recently.
Deputy mayor Manish Parikh said, “It was a wonderful experience and over 20 issues related to development of urban areas were discussed. Prominent speakers including IAS officers of Gujarat gave presentations on drainage system, sanitation, transport, health system and water harvesting in Gujarat.” The councillors also shared their experiences at the meet.
Parikh told dna that in Jaipur, the BRTS system hasn’t been successfully implemented, but in Ahmedabad, such a public transport system has rid the city of problems such as traffic snarls and air pollution.
One member of the delegation said that in Jaipur, the door-to-door garbage collection system has also failed miserably, but in Ahmedabad, a similar system became a big hit. “We should also adopt the solid waste management and water harvesting model adopted by Ahmedabad,” added the councillor. Notably, over 4,000 councillors and other officials belonging to 411 districts across the country attended the conference.
A total of 138 mayors and deputy mayors also attended the meet and some of them belonged to corporations where Congress is in power.
In his address, chief minister of Gujarat and BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi said that when 36% of the population lives in urban areas, the local bodies should have more powers to spur growth of the cities. Modi also took it as an opportunity to inspire the delegates to work for the success of BJP in Rajasthan.