Vijay Goel Vision For Delhi

Vijay Goel Vision For Delhi

“Brave, bold men and women, these are what we want. What we want is vigor in the blood, strength in the nerves, iron muscles and nerves of steel, not softening namby-pamby ideas.”
My vision for Delhi stems from these inspiring words of Swami Vivekanada.  I sincerely believe that Delhi has enough number of brave, bold men and women who can make it not only one of the best cities but the best city in the world. All that we need to do is to have clarity of thought and purpose, a  government that has strong political will and a vision that is backed by the pure intent of working for the welfare of the common people in both word and spirit.
The first and the foremost thing is that any government in Delhi must be capable enough to share and connect with the aspirations and dreams of the citizens of Delhi.  Delhi needs to have innovative solutions  for the problems which are being projected insurmountable. No problem is insurmountable, if we have the intent to resolve it. Only a weak mind would  take up lame excuses and shift the blame.
My vision for Delhi is that it should be a city where people can feel safe, dignity of  women is taken care of, children and senior citizens don’t feel vulnerable and all sections of the society get equal opportunities. It has to be a city where public utilities are of best quality and yet affordable. The Capital of our great country has to be a model city  which provides efficient and affordable power, water,  health services, education, housing and  public transport to ensure that common citizens can  realise their aspirations.  We must strive to make our  city environment friendly, where we extensively use renewable resources of energy such as solar energy in or daily lives and have at least one third of the city completely under green cover. The green cover are the ‘lungs’ of the city. As this city continues to grow, its ‘lungs’ should be strengthened too. If we don’t do that, the city will continue to die a slow death as it is happening today. This must be changed with utmost urgency.  
Delhi has to become a disabled friendly city. All public places should have the desirable facilities for the differently able people.  I want Delhi to be a child friendly city where  children from all classes and  sections of society get equal opportunities . It has to be a city where the Public Distribution System works effectively for the marginalised sections of the society.  For those who are not covered by the PDS, the government must establish a system on the lines of “Super Bazaar”  to provide basic commodities at reasonable prices. This can be easily done through Public Private Partnership  initiatives.
 I believe, that the mantra for making Delhi the best city in the world is  “Accountable Governance, Participatory Governance and  Sensitive Governance.”  The  seat of Delhi government must be used to set up an accountable, sensitive, efficient and effective administration.  There is an urgent need  to induct professionals and experts  in government at various levels. There must be extensive use of technology to implement e-governance. This would help to induce transparency and efficiency at all levels and weed out corruption. It also helps to significantly reduce the administrative costs. The money saved can be utilised for greater welfare schemes. The grievance redressal mechanism of all government departments  should be completely people-centric and highly accountable. There has to be fixed time frame for  redressal opf every single grievance.
Delhi also has the potential of becoming one of the most attractive art and culture hubs. The Delhi government  has to play an important role in setting up, nurturing, supporting and promoting world class art and cultural organisations as well as supporting all such activities.
Delhi has a burgeoning population youth. There is an urgent need for  expanding education opportunities at all levels for them. The pressure of admission to schools and colleges can be reduced by setting up world class government institutions  and by ensuring that all government education institutions including school colleges have the best of infrastructure, teachers, study environment.
But that would be the first step only. We need to go beyond that and integrate skill development  for making education employment oriented especially post-senior secondary level education.  The entrepreneurial skills of Delhi residents are well known. It is time to harness them. The government  needs to break its stereotype image and support young entrepreneurs by incubating  their projects  especially those which can create  social capital that will benefit the whole city.
 Delhi, currently has islands of affluence surrounded by chaos and anarchy. The urban planning in Delhi is virtually non-existent though many bodies exist on paper entrusted with the task.  The result has been mushrooming of unauthorised colonies, JJ clusters and slums. With strong political will and visionary planning, we can change the landscape of Delhi by providing well planned affordable housing and public utilities to the teeming millions for whom this city holds a golden tomorrow.
To sum up my vision for Delhi, I would like to go back to Swami Vivekananda again, whose 150th birth anniversary is being celebrated world over this year. His words  can be the guiding spirit for all of us who have a dream and vision for “Hamari Dilli.” He said:
“Be not afraid, for all great power throughout the history of humanity has been with the people. From out of their ranks have come all the greatest geniuses of the world, and history can only repeat itself. Be not afraid of anything. You will do marvelous work. “

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