The new Mayor Vijayalakshmi R Gadwal says strengthening healthcare and drainage systems and provision of basic amenities like community halls will be focus areas while there will be least tolerance to corruption and other irregularities.

Emphasis will be on health care, including Basti Dawakhanas and primary health care facilities, especially in slums, and on extending quality medical services to citizens. Similarly, the existing drainage system needs to be improved and extended to new areas to avoid urban flooding, she said.

Provision of basic amenities, like community halls in colonies and bastis, will also be one of the priority areas. Urban poor need such spaces and they can be put to use for conducting different programmes, she said soon after being elected as the Mayor here on Thursday.

Later, addressing the media, Vijayalakshmi R Gadwal said there would be least tolerance to corruption and dishonesty. Irrespective of parties, all women corporators would be treated on par and taken into confidence in executing different welfare and development works, she added.

Before contesting the GHMC corporator elections, she was active in taking up voluntary services. “As a lawyer, I extended free legal services to many poor women, especially in domestic violence cases,” she said.

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