Mumbai : Shiv Sena released its Mumbai-centric ‘Vachaknama’ on Friday, which also focuses on the development of cities among promises of many other special initiatives.

Shiv Sena has given emphasis to the project that would add to the beauty and the riches of the city. These projects include water transport on both the coasts, development of a thematic park at Mahalaxmi race course, coastal freeway on the western sea front, trans-harbor link with a multi modal transport, completion of the Pinjal-Damanganga project etc.

The 23-page document speaks about environment, urban development, housing policy, transport and tourism, employing technology for facelift of the rural Maharashtra, education, health, security, agriculture policy, good governance and doing away with the corruption among various other things.

The manifesto also speaks of developing different cities-towns in the state keeping in view their geo-cultural specialties along with the economy. It promises development of Kolhapur as the agricultural hub, while Pune as the educational hub. The manifesto also promises cleaning of rivers such as Panchaganga, Moola-Mutha and Godavari. Shiv Sena has also promised to develop Solapur as the textile hub and expediate Pune Metro.

The document speaks of developing Aurangabad and Ratnagiri-Sindhudurga as the tourism hub, with special facilities for the fisheries, agro-based and food processing industries in Ratnagiri and Sindhudurga. The document also promises to develop sea route in Konkan and develop it as a global hub for export of agro and food products.

The Shiv Sena manifesto speaks of harnessing Maharashtra’s cultural heritage and promises efforts for the Marathi language with development of ‘Marathi Bhavan’ at each district headquarter. The manifesto promises development of memorials of King Shivaji and Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray.

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