MANIFESTO FOR ELECTIONS TO TAMILNADU LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY(4)

TEXTILES

There will be no restrictions on manufacture of cloth by power looms and mill sector. As everyone is assured of employment, no one will suffer by loss of employment from handloom sector. On the other hand cost of production of cloth will be reduced.Handloom weavers will be trained in handling powerlooms and if necessary loans will be given for buying powerlooms.

TRANSPORT

Government buses along with routes will be sold to private parties. Preference will be given to existing drivers and conductors to buy the same. Loans will be given to them to buy buses

Railway stations will be cotnnected by buses with the Bus Stands of nearby towns

Two wheeler taxis as in some South East countries will be introduced.

In cooperation with Railways, additional train services will be introduced to minimize traffic on roads as also accidents on roads.

ROADS

Laying of 2/4 lane new roads and widening of existing lanes will be undertaken on a large scale in cooperation with private parties.  A minimum of 10000 km(ten thousand) long roads will be laid in a period of 5 years.

Work on maintenance of roads will be allotted to local bodies-panchayats- so that the repairs to the roads are undertaken without delay.

underground/overhead bridges will be installed throughout the length of roads to provide safety in crossing.

BUILDINGS

Research will be undertaken on alternate building materials, building technology, construction machinery, materials etc.

Housing for low income people

Private developers are constructing houses mainly for middle and high income group people. There is an acute shortage of houses for low income people. They look to the government to provide free house plots or houses. Most of the houses given to low income people by the government in rural areas are single storied houses. Large areas of land are used for these houses. Land being scarce, government is slow in providing housing to this category of people. The government  would  build multi-storied houses for low income people. Govt would also give subsidy to private constructors for building multi-storied buildings at affordable prices, so that the shortage of housing for low income people is wiped out early.

ELECTRICITY

Electricity generation will be increased through non-conventional sources. Government would float  tenders for generation and supply of electricity by private producers who  would generate electricty from non-conventional sources like bo-gas, garbage, waves, wind, sunlight, etc and decide on the tenders early, in the presence of all the bidders in a transparent manner. if all agree to supply at the lowest quotation, all would be given orders.

Each town panchayat and municipality will have electricity generation plants based on waste material.

solar power will be generated on a large scale.

there will be no power cuts. There will however be a slight increase in power tariff.

Electricity rates will be uniform for all users-domestic, commercial, industrial etc. Electricity service will be provided immediately on application as the state will be sufficient in power generation

plants to produce bio-gas and bottle the same for distribution will be set up across the state

government would create a separate cadre of officials for promoting  power saving schemes like solar water heater, solar pumps, wind mill pumps etc.

government would set up or encourage private parties to set up factories to manufacture solar panels and other requirements for generating solar power,etc

government would  grant subsidy for household, office and industrial equipment and machinery which minimise consumption of electricity

all local bodies-panchayats, municipalities.etc. would be made to put up solar street lights,

a scheme would  be drawn, whereby factories, offices ,shops, houses etc. which consume lesser electricity in a year compared to previous year would get electricty credits- electricity bills in the next year would be reduced by some percentage points

all government establishments including offices would  be using solar or wind energy,

govt will take steps to reduce electricity loss in transmisssion

Electricity charges per unit would be the cost of generation plus a reasonable percentage of profit(say 10%) for the company. However, it would be ensured that the companies generating and distributing electricity function efficiently. In order to do this, competition would be introduced. For this purpose, the Electricity Board would be abolished and the individual generating units like Mettur Hydro electric project, Mettur Therman Power Plant, Ennore Thermal Power Plant etc. in Tamilnadu would be made separate companies. Distribution would also be entrusted to the generating companies.

While the cost of hydro power would be cheaper, cost of thermal power would be costlier. In order to even the cost of generation of thermal and hydro plants, government will charge the hydro power plants for the release of water and this amount would be used to subsidise thermal power if necessary.

Private sector will also be allowed equity participation in govt power plants to ensure that the plants work with a profit motive which would ensure efficiency.

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