Having 50 wards and five villages with a population of 2.5 lakh, the SAS Nagar municipal corporation (MC) is eligible for grants from the 14th Finance Commission. The MC also hopes to increase its annual income from `86 crore to `100 crore with the transfer of some areas from the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA).
DEMOGRAPHY AND GEOGRAPHY
Apart from 50 wards, five villages — Kumbra, Mataur, Sohana, Madanpura and Shahimajra — are now a part of the SAS municipal corporation. Sectors 66 to 69, which were earlier under GMADA, will now be maintained by the MC. Sectors 76 to 80, which are yet to be developed, will be under the GMADA control. However, the MC will look after sanitation in these sectors. The villages will also be developed on the pattern of other sectors.
At present, most of the villages in SAS Nagar are devoid of basic amenities such as streetlights, good roads, sanitation and drinking water.
SAS Nagar got the status of a district in 2006 and even got an independent development agency — GMADA — for the integrated and planned development of the area. The SAS Nagar municipal council was formed in 1984 and in 2011, it got the status of the municipal corporation.
DECISION-MAKINGThough the MC is charging property tax, the elected body can increase cess on water supply, sewerage and can levy new taxes. The elected body can even start paid parking in the town, which was opposed by market welfare associations till last year. The MC has the power to charge money for holding functions in parks and public places. Also, it can charge money from auto-rickshaws owners in the form of registration fee. The MC can also charge residents for keeping pets. The new body will also approve building plans which till now are cleared by GMADA and is its main source of income. The MC will also seek ward development fund for councillors.
The MC will have a larger budget than the municipal council, thus more development. The MC will have an annual budget of `86 crore as compared to `4 crore in case of the municipal council. With the villages and sectors coming under the MC, it is expected that the budget will cross the `120 crore mark. At present, the MC is earning `50 crore from value added tax (VAT), `15 crore from property tax, `8 crore from water and sewerage charges and `8 crore as advertisement fee. The MC is also eligible for grants from the 14th Finance Commission depending on the projects and proposals for improving basic amenities in the town.
The MC will have a ward development committee which will have councillors, members of resident welfare associations and prominent citizens of the ward. The committee will propose development works, which will be placed in the House meetings in form and an agenda. The MC will also have metropolitan planning committee, which will have member of Parliament, legislator, presidents of municipal councils of entire district, principal secretary (finance) and chief administrator, GMADA. Both the committees will meet once a month.