The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government has approved the budget for Chandigarh for the remaining financial year, pegging the plan head at 813 crore, a paltry increase of 15 lakh from the previously sanctioned 812.85 crore. The increase has gone to art and culture.
The non-plan head has remained the same at 2,730.25 crore. Allocation under the plan head is meant for creating capital assets, while the nonplan head will largely cater to expenditure of salaries and other recurring expenses.
UT special secretary finance Bhavna Garg said the government had given approval to the interim budget announced earlier this year and that they had not sought any additional funds from the central government. “If required, we will seek funds later in the year,” she said. The centre has allocated 188.48 crore for urban development.
The authorities intend to strengthen rural infrastructure, state capital project and water supply to entire area falling outside the municipal corporation and upgrading infrastructure and civic amenities.
For education, the administration has received 161.74 crore for development in general education (Rs 126.31 crore), primary education (Rs 3 crore) and technical education (Rs 32.43 crore).
The funds allocated will be spent on construction of 18 new schools, two new government high smart schools, upgrading of schools, to provide free education up to elementary level under the Right to Education Act, 2009, and completion of construction work of Government College of Commerce and Business Administration.
Public transportation has been allocated 131 crore and the authorities plan to purchase 400 new buses under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), besides purchasing 50 new buses as replacement of the condemned buses.
Health services and infrastructure have received Rs 122.55 crore. To ensure uninterrupted and better quality power supply, the centre has allocated Rs 34.68 crore.
The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has been allocated Rs 136.60 crore for various development works.