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BMC polls: NCP assures 700 litres free water, cheap health insurance

Plugging and stopping water leakage and pilferage, allocating 700 litres clean water per family free of cost, health insurance for Rs. 101 are some of the promises made by the NCP in its manifesto for BMC polls released.

“NCP’s priority will be to stop water leakage and theft which are at 35 per cent. Once we achieve this objective, we can provide 700-litre clean water to each family free of cost,” City unit NCP president Sachin Ahir said while releasing the document.

He said with the basic charge of Rs. 101, all Mumbaikars will be covered under a health insurance scheme that includes free hospitalisation, OPD examination, diagnostic tests, and medical store purchases, premium for which will be paid by the civic body.

The Sharad Pawar-led party also promised not to charge bill for consumption of electricity up to 100 units in Mumbai.

Ahir said fare of BEST-run buses would be kept at minimum Rs. 5 and capped at Rs. 20.

Other assurances include WIFI services, global tendering for road repairs, SMS and whatsapp services for complaints regarding garbage disposal, he said.

NCP spokesman Nawab Malik said Sharad Pawar will launch the party’s campaign at Mankhurd in eastern Mumbai on February 4.

The 227-member BMC goes to polls on February 21, along with nine other municipal corporations across state.

Malik dismissed as “empty talks” the claims being made by Shiv Sena and MNS that a conspiracy was on to sever Mumbai from Maharashtra.

“Such empty talk is an attempt to gain votes. Why were Sena and MNS quiet when (chief minister) Devendra Fadnavis suggested a CEO with executive powers for Mumbai at the first meeting of Niti Aayog. It was Sharad Pawar who protested with a letter to Prime Minister due to which Fadnavis’ move failed to materialise,” he said.

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