Budget set with eye on Games
Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) is all set to give the city an ‘international’ look before the Commonwealth Games. It has assured that all Games-related projects will be completed by June next year. It has set aside Rs 1,005 crore for these projects.delhi Updated: Dec 10, 2009 01:40 IST
Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) is all set to give the city an ‘international’ look before the Commonwealth Games.
It has assured that all Games-related projects will be completed by June next year. It has set aside Rs 1,005 crore for these projects.
In the next financial year, the civic agency is expecting a Rs 20-crore surplus. It has estimated an income of Rs 6,347 crore and expenditure of Rs 6,327 crore.
MCD commissioner KS Mehra said the civic body had earned Rs 542 crore in property tax till November 16 this year. The target for property tax collection is Rs 1,400 crore. The money will be mainly spent on sanitation, cleanliness, engineering works, health and education sectors.
Mehra said, “We will meet all our expenditure through our own resources. This is why we have not taken any loan from an outside agency.”
Mehra said work on the bus parking site over Sunehri, Kushak and DPS nallah, near the main Games venue, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, will be completed by March 2010.
The work on upgrading and streetscaping of 20 roads will be over by June 30, 2010.
“We have also started work on a Rs 236-crore project for upgrading the areas near hotels and guest houses in Karol Bagh, Pahar Ganj and City Zone,” said Mehra.
MCD also plans to set up 1,000 waterless urinals in two phases by December 30 next year, Mehra said.
Besides, to rid the city of its parking woes, the civic agency has drawn up plans for a number of stack parking, automated parking and multi-level parking sites.