Campaigning picks up for Darjeeling municipal election

Smrita Khawas

Darjeeling, 16 Feb:

Earnest campaigning is underway here as the hill station warms up to the Darjeeling Municipality elections with some of the political parties having released their manifestoes as well.

Bhartiya Gorkha Prajatantrik Morcha has promised better governance, decentralisation and upgrading of Darjeeling municipality to Municipal Corporation level. They have argued that such an upgradation was much awaited since Darjeeling is one of the oldest municipalities in the country having been established in 1850.

Other promises include establishment of new hawkers' markets, making Darjeeling drug-free, addressing the problem of stray dogs etc.

Trinamool Congress, in turn, apart from the promises included by BGPM, has promised to provide land rights to Darjeeling municipality residents living on lease land and vested land, restoration of drinking water supply, addressing parking problems, upgrading Darjeeling District Hospital to District Super Specialist Hospital, developing satellite towns at Ghoom, Jorebunglow and Lebong.

BJP and its allies have also released their party manifesto and among its highlights are the "Parvat Mala" project which envisages to connect Singmari to Singla, Batasey to Rock Garden, Toong Soong to Pandam through ropeways and filling all vacancies in Darjeeling municipality within one year and introducing city rejuvenation and development programs.