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No new surprises – BMC Budget 2018

Brihanmumbai Corporation (BMC)- the richest civic body in the country, presented its budget today for the financial year 2018-19. The budget of 18-19 has witnessed an increase of Rs. 27,258 crores as compared to the current fiscal. Its budget size in 2017-18 was Rs 25,141 crore— which had witnessed a drop of almost Rs 10,000 crore. This is municipal chief Ajoy Mehta’s third budget since he took charge in April 2015. Here are some of the recent updates:

  • The BMC will spend Rs 9,522.45 crores on public work in the next financial year. The scam hit roads department gets more allocation of Rs 1202.20 crores this year as compared to Rs 1078.61 crores last year.
  • BMC proposes to spend Rs 1,202 crore in road work for the next financial year. They have proposed allocations as much as Rs. 1500 crores for the Coastal road and Rs. 100 crores for the GMLR ( Goregaon -Mulund Link Road )project. Rs 467 crore provision for new work, related to bridge construction and flyover extension at various places. A budget amount of Rs 1 crore has been allotted for implementing the on-off street parking policy.
  • “No new tax or no hike in existing tax proposed in the budget”, says municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta
  • BMC proposes to start 35 new schools under the Public-private partnership in classrooms which have closed on account of decreasing or zero student strength. These schools will be affiliated to CBSE, IB, Cambridge, CISCE boards. An e-library at a cost of Rs 1 crore has been proposed. Services like website, computers, internet, e-books will be made available at 25 public libraries on an experimental basis
  • As a part of the state’s international board, 24 BMC schools (one in each ward) will be started. Budgetary allowance of Rs 25 lakh allocated. The budget provision of Rs 25 crore for primary section and RS 2.38 crore for the secondary section has been made.
  • The BMC will provide a nutritious supplementary meal along with midday meal which will include a protein-rich dry snack from this year.
  • The civic body has made a budget provision of Rs 5 crore for installation of 4,064 CCTV cameras in 381 school buildings.
  • A budgetary allowance of Rs 18 crore has been made for the maintenance of the tabs purchased in the past 3 years and upgrading the syllabus in the memory cards
  • Rs 180 crore has been allotted to procure fire fighting equipment, fire safety compliance cell and introducing the new firefighting system.
  • BMC makes provision of Rs 12 crore to install organic converters in the civic market, to process the waste generated in these market.
  • Rs 6 crore grant to BEST proposed for 100% concession in bus fare to visually challenged and the differently abled persons in non-AC buses.
  • Major and peripheral hospitals to get 230 ventilators worth Rs 16 crore.
  • Rs 50 crore allotted for remaining revamping work of Byculla Zoo in next financial year.
  • BMC makes provision of Rs 110 crore for initiating the work of waste to energy plant at Deonar dumping ground.
  • Rs 4 crore allotted in civic budget for Art Gallery in Mumbai to educate school, college students in Disaster Management and to make them understand about various disasters like earthquake, Tsunami, Landslide, fire, etc
  • BMC will spend Rs 53 crore to deal 55 flood-prone areas in the city before coming monsoon, to reduce waterlogging.
  • BMC proposes to develop the textile museum, library, auditorium, art gallery and public plaza on The India United Mills land at the cost of Rs 300 crore and Rs 25 crore budget provision has been made in the 2018-19 budget estimate.
  • To enhance the security and vigilance inside Byculla Zoo premises a CCTV network with public address system will be developed at a cost of Rs, 5.20 crore.
  • The work of stopping sewage ingress in Powai Lake is expected to commence in March 2018 and shall be completed by August 2019.
  • Working women hostel of total cost Rs 13.65 crore will be constructed at Goregoan with a budget provision of Rs 2 crore. The hostel will be of ground plus 15 floors with accommodation for 175 women.
  • BMC commissioner proposes use of GIS Maps system to take action against illegal structures.
  • A provision of Rs 1 crore has been proposed to undertake cement concretisation of roads in all goanthon areas of Mumbai.
  • BMC has started utilising imported material to get instant relief from potholes. After satisfactory results, the BMC has processed a proposal for manufacturing of a similar material in BMC owned plant, the manufacturing of this material will start before monsoons.
  • Keeping the street dwellers in mind, Night shelters will be constructed in Chandivali, Magathane and Dahisar area for which Rs 5 crore budget provision has been made.

Seems like the BMC Budget 2018-19 is unlikely to spring any new surprises to the people of Aamchi Mumbai. With hopes on BMC funds being allocated judiciously on crucial departments like roads, promises of houses to be built are yet to get fulfilled in the coming years.

 

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