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Budget or futile exercise?

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) on Tuesday announced a budget of Rs 7,824 crore, an amount that may not be spent at all with the corporation ready to be split into three separate corporations in April when the allocations are to be implemented.

delhi Updated: Jan 18, 2012 01:30 IST
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The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) on Tuesday announced a budget of Rs 7,824 crore, an amount that may not be spent at all with the corporation ready to be split into three separate corporations in April when the allocations are to be implemented.

The budget's focus is mainly local development with councillors' funds being hiked and RWAs getting money for development.

In his budget presentation, standing committee chairman Yogender Chandolia said the MCD would increase councillors' local area fund from Rs 1 crore to Rs 2 crore each. The money will be spent on road repair, sanitation and maintenance.

Councillors have been allotted Rs 544 crore for the financial year 2012-2013, almost double last year's amount.http://www.hindustantimes.com/images/HTPopups/180112/18-01-12-metro3.jpg

In a bid to strike a rapport with local resident welfare associations (RWAs) ahead of the municipal elections, a separate expenditure head has been prepared under which Rs 12 lakh will be provided to each of the 272 wards.

The MCD has also increased its allocation under engineering works from the existing Rs 9 crore to Rs 15 crore. The engineer-in-chief will get discretionary funds for such works.

There's some relief for the aged with the pension amount being increased from the existing Rs 1,000 a month to Rs 1,200. There are provisions for the disabled as well.

"Under the BJP, the MCD has improved its finances a great deal and if the Delhi government was more supportive, we could have done a lot more," Chandolia said in his address.

Chandolia said that the MCD would focus on projects that could not be completed last year. "We need to improve the licensing procedure for shops," he said.

Though none of the provisions may be implemented, Chandolia said his presentation may form a base for future budgets.

"I understand the futility of the budget but after the MCD splits into three separate corporations, they will need guidance," he said.