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As a part of its national outreach programme Jan Awaaz- people’s Voice Manifesto, the AICC manifesto sub-committee headed by former union Minister Kumari Selja visited Mumbai today to interact with various stakeholders and incorporate them in the upcoming manifesto for the Lok Sabha 2019 elections.  Multiple institutions, NGO's and civic activists actively participated in the meeting conducted today in Mumbai's Bandra area and shared their points of view in order to contribute to the manifesto.

Former Union Cabinet Minister and Chairperson of the manifesto sub- committee Kumari Selja, Former Member of Parliament Priya Dutt, Mumbai Congress President Sanjay Nirupam, Head of the Research Department in AICC Dr. Harshwardhan Rao, Member of the manifesto committee Lalitesh Tripathi and Sachin Rao from AICC interacted with these experts and Civil activists.

Chairperson of the manifesto sub-committee Kumari Selja said, "The countdown for the 2019 Lok Sabha Polls has begun and our Party President Shri Rahul Gandhi has instructed us to reach out to the people and prepare a manifesto which will aim at solving most of these issues. For instance, in Mumbai, people from multiple cultural backgrounds reside together. While the biggest housing schemes are found in Mumbai, we can also find Asia's largest slum here. It takes decades to form institutions in any country. The Congress Party has given the country many credible institutions. But unfortunately, they are being destroyed one after the other".

Mumbai Congress President Sanjay Nirupam said, "Our Party President Shri. Rahul Gandhi strongly feels that the manifesto of the Congress party must reflect the demands and thoughts of the people. As a part of Jan Awaaz- People's Voice Manifesto, many sub-committees will visit different parts of the country. As today we discussed the issues and challenges related to urbanization in Mumbai, challenges pertaining to sanitation, housing, water-supply, solid waste management, roads and transport, traffic, environment too were discussed in order to make Mumbai better and livable".

Praja Foundation's Founding Trustee Nitai Mehta who works on urban governance emphasized on the need to empower city governance and representatives of multiple wards for the development of cities. He also spoke about how citizen participation must be encouraged. Author Sucheta Dalal aptly pointed out how Mumbai cannot take any more pressure as the infrastructure is creaking. Omkar Gupta from Urban Design Research Institute (UDRI) mentioned the fact that one cannot easily access the data on the houses being contracted under MHADA and SRA. Mukhesh Gupta, Development Scheduler of Dharavi stated that Mumbai will be able to take more pressure if only it is planned in a better way. Transport Analyst Ashok Datar pointed out the drastic change in the Vehicle Space Index in the past 2 decades. Mr. Datar stated that 29% of roads were occupied by vehicles two decades ago and today it has reached 81% while the percentage of the people who use public transport has dropped from 20% to 10% during the same period. Advocate Afroz Shah who led the world's largest beach clean-up drive stated that the metropolitan cities have become urban villages today and environment should be protected using effective laws and policies. Speaking about the importance of protecting environment RTI Activist Anil Galgali stated that work needs to be done on sanitation as well. 

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