Mumbaikars are casting their votes on Monday. Around 96 lakh Mumbaikars will choose their candidates from six constituencies. The candidate list includes film personalities, seasoned politicians and poster boy leaders.
However, what matters to Mumbai voters? What's at the top of the agenda for Mumbaikars who are applauded for their spirits for braving urban floods, to bridge collapses, all in a bid to keep the wheels of the city chugging.
To discuss the problems of Mumbai, CNBC-TV18's Manisha Natarajan spoke with Shaina NC, spokesperson of BJP; Nitai Mehta, founder of Praja Foundation; Ashok Datar, transport analyst & economist and Bhaskar Prabhu RTI activist, founder & convenor of Mahiti Adhikar Manch.
Shaina said, "Infrastructure is the biggest issue for Mumbai. When 96 lakh voters are voting, what are they voting for? They are voting for a better life in terms of lesser time in travel. Previous governments chose just to sit on big-ticket projects but did nothing about it.Â Our government has ensured, whether it is the coastal road or metros, will be finished before time.
Mehta said, "The local voters are looking at local issues but we have to understand that this is a national election. What is sad about the situation is that even the issues of roads, water and flooding, we still take this up after 70 years."
Datar said, "In the transport, we have got grand ideas but very poor governance. This city which has got completely chaotic traffic and we just do not have any parking policy at all. Unless we have got proper regulation of parking, we cannot do anything and that is not even on the agenda."
Prabhu said, "Mumbai should be seen on the basis of affordability of transport system. The metro is definitely going to cost more and it is going to cost more to the exchequers of this city. Infrastructure development doesn't mean that only concrete development is considered. Mumbai is the costliest city."