BMC passes budget: Ward development fund hiked to Rs 25 lakh

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Apr 04, 2016 16:24 IST

Corporators of the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Sunday demanded that their ward fund be increased from Rs 20 to Rs 30 lakh.

The amended BMC annual budget of Rs 2,095 for 2016-17 was passed unanimously after corporators discussed a proposal to hike their salary from Rs 6,000 to Rs 50,000.

On Saturday, mayor Alok Sharma presented Rs 2,095 crore budget for 85 municipal wards in the city without proposing any major tax burden on residents.

Mayor Alok Sharma proposed Rs 20 lakh as ward development fund but after corporators insisted that the amount be increased, it was amended to Rs 25 lakh for each of the 85 wards.

The BMC council set revenue target of Rs 344 crore for the fiscal and also decided to name the new rail over-bridge after Veer Savarkar. The council was informed that Rs 277 crore of revenue is pending under various heads.

Leader of the Opposition in the council Mohammad Saghir moved a proposal for increasing the honorarium of corporators from Rs 6,000 to Rs 50,000, that of mayor from Rs11,000 to Rs 1 lakh and that of the chairman from Rs 9,000 to Rs 90,000.

Rs 12 crore for hawkers’ corner in every ward

The budget has kept a provision of Rs 12 crore for hawkers’ corner in every ward, for which the wards will get Rs 15 lakh each. Many corporators, however, stressed that their wards lacked space to build hawkers’ corner and that is why Rs 15 lakh be added to their ward development fund, which can be later utilised for other development projects.

BJP corporator Mahesh Makwana said a boundary wall should be built around the sewerage and water treatment plants to ensure that water supply and sewage pipelines are not damaged.

Corporator Kamta Prasad Patidar said despite repeated efforts the BMC, residents of Kolar neighbourhood face shortage of drinking water are forced to move out of their apartments as the bore wells too have dried up.

The BMC council also discussed about the problems of littering, menace of stray dogs and lack of parking space, especially in Old Bhopal. Corporators from both sides appreciated provision of Rs 2 crore for constructing a parking lot at Hawa Mahal road.

The budget has been decreased from Rs 2,700 crore last year to Rs 2095 crore this year.

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