The Delhi government is in overdrive to publicise its report card. Over the past one week, around 70 billboards and several advertisement panels have been put up across the city, particularly on frequently used roads, extolling its achievements in the past 15 years.
From the move to regularise 895 colonies to the increase in the number of Delhi Transport Corporation buses — everything is being highlighted through these billboards.
“Dilli mein ab 5,900 buses chalti hain. 1998 mein thi 3,100,” says one billboard.
And this is not the only one that brings forth the comparison in the progress since 1998 — when Congress came to power.
The billboards do not have photos of any political figure. Other than stating the progress made over the years that Congress has been on power, the billboards also give credit to the Delhi government for the infrastructure development in the city, with a tagline that reads: “Yahaan vikas dikhta hai”.
A few billboards also note the increase in the ridership in Metro since 2002, when Metro services first began in the city.
“Around 70 such billboards, stating facts about the progress made in terms of education, health, transport, infrastructure, will be seen across the city. The aim is to highlight the work done by the government over the past 15 years and these facts and figures will keep changing every two weeks so that all sectors are covered,’’ a government official said.
More such billboards are expected to come up in the next few weeks after the government ascertains the public response. Billboards relating to the Class X results having improved over the past 15 years are also visible on major Delhi roads.
“This is the first stage of publicity that the government is concentrating on. They want to highlight the infrastructure development Delhi has witnessed under the Congress,’’ the official said.
The Sheila Dikshit-led Congress has been trying to fast-track work on all infrastructure projects in the past few months. First came control over more than 600 roads and from April 1 the city government took charge of more than 217 toilet blocks in Jhuggi Jhopri (JJ) clusters across the city. Both services were under BJP-controlled local bodies and are synonymous with development — Congress’s main plank for the upcoming Assembly polls.
The government departments concerned have gone all out to advertise that both these services are now under Congress with Public Works Department planning