Bhopal mayor Alok Sharma presented his second budget of Rs 2,095 crore for 85 municipal wards of Bhopal on Saturday with focus on the smart city project, beautification of Bhopal and information technology-based schemes.
Good news first: There are no new taxes.
Major schemes from the previous budget have been retained in this budget.
Though the estimated revenue of the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) in the budget for fiscal year 2016-17 is Rs 2,092 crore, the expected expenditure is Rs 2095 crore. Deficit of Rs 68 crore continues to haunt the budget.
The mayor has proposed Rs 25 crore for the ‘housing for all’ scheme, which was introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Under this scheme over 1 lakh houses will be built for the poor.
An amount of Rs 40 crore has been set aside to improve sewage, sanitation, public transport and drinking water facilities under Amrit Yojana.
In the budget, Rs 12 crore has been proposed for setting up hawker zones in all the 85 wards. In the new budget, there has been an increase of Rs 2 crore for education and development from Rs 8 crore allotted last year.
Provision of Rs 5 crore each has also been made for the conservation of heritage buildings, cleaning of lakes, redevelopment of cremation grounds and roads. Mayor also proposed to build a sewerage treatment plant and has budgeted Rs 10 crore for it.
Property tax rebate
The budget has proposed a rebate of 6 % for those paying property tax between April and August. Also, BMC will not levy 5% to 10% surcharge from those paying the tax between the months of September and March.
In his speech, Alok Sharma said, “This is a budget for the citizens, I am trying to rule out corruption and serve the city of Bhopal. Hence, many schemes and projects are included which will make our city smart and free from basic problems.”
Congress corporator Girish Sharma said, “After seeing this budget I could say only one thing, imaginary income and real expenditure. Mayor presented a hypothetical budget to show-off,” he said.
Mayor presented a budget for 2016-17 with a proposed income of Rs 2095 crore which was deficit of Rs 68.36 crore
Rs25 cr for the central government’s scheme Housing for All
Rs40.62 cr for the central government’s AMRUT Yojna
Rs14 cr for beautification of Bhopal
Rs10 cr for hi-tech convention-cum-hotel at Shyamla Hills
Rs5 cr for the construction of new bus stand on Hamidia road
Rs2 cr for construction of Bharat Mata Mandir
Rs5 cr for amusement park at Shahpura
Rs5 cr for shifting of slaughter houses from Bhopal.
Rs10 cr for capping of Bhanpur khanti landfill site.
Rs2 cr for Jal Jivanm Rakshak Dal (divers) and a centralized control room.
Rs5.8 cr for installing street lights.
Rs12 cr for the sewerage treatment plant at Shahpura lake.
Rs10 cr for sewerage treatment plant at Upper lake.
The Food Zone will be developed in PPP mode in MP Nagar.
Rs5 cr for Swachh Bhopal Mission