When, on Thursday, Milind Deora, sitting MP and Congress candidate from Mumbai South, reached the Marathi-dominated Girgaum area along with Congress leader Bhai Jagtap and state women’s commission chairperson Sushiben Shah, he was given a traditional welcome. Then began his yatra to seek votes. Initially, the crowd was small, but later it swelled.

On his route from Raja Rammohan Roy Marg to Khadilkar Road, a large number of people greeted him with flowers and garlands. Many people also assured him of support, but spoke of the “inordinate delay” in drafting a cluster development plan for old and dilapidated buildings in the area. On redevelopment too, the residents said the urban development department led by chief minister Prithviraj Chavan was dithering on a time-bound action plan.

Ramesh Thakur, a resident of Girgaum, said, “Deora is young and enthusiastic and has a clean image, but it appears he has not been able to influence the decision-making process for expeditious approval of cluster development and redevelopment projects.” In this area, where Deora spent nearly four hours, the refrain was constant: people wanted a comprehensive action plan for cluster development.

When Deora returned to his Pedder Road residence, more than 500 persons from Bhendi Bazar, Worli and Sewri were waiting for him with their problems and demands. Deora pacified them with assurances and was then again ready for his evening campaign in Mumbadevi, where the issue of cluster development and redevelopment is high on the agenda. Here, some voters congratulated him for his firm stand on the disqualification of convicted politicians.

Deora, a trusted aide of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and whose parliamentary constituency comprises Malabar Hill, Colaba, Worli, Sewri, Byculla and Mumbadevi, said that apart from the cluster growth and redevelopment of old and dilapidated buildings, items on top of his agenda were the cluster development of Bhendi Bazar, implementation of the Sewri Nhava Sheva sea link and opening up of land on the other side of the Mumbai harbour so that more land is created for affordable housing. “My dream project is to bring monorail to Colaba,” he said.

Deora proposed that the mayor be directly elected and have more powers. He claimed he had been instrumental in bringing in the cell phone tower radiation policy. “I am the MP of the ruling party, but I spoke against the ordinance on allowing convicted politicians to contest Lok Sabha polls. Later the ordinance was dropped,” he said. As minister of state, Deora was instrumental in drafting a tourism policy for lighthouses across the country.

Source: Times Of India
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