In view of several fire incidents being reported from the country this year, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi’s (MCD) works committee budget proposals for 2012-13 focuses on installing fire safety equipment in its institutions.
The committee, which approved the proposal of Rs 1,441.22 crore for the year 2012-13 on Wednesday, has made provisions of fire safety equipment in its schools, zonal buildings and parking sites. For hospitals, separate plans will be made.
In the absence of layouts, residents of many approved colonies cannot get their building plans sanctioned. So, a provision of Rs 2 crore has been made for formulation of layouts of 150 colonies. “Due to the absence of layout of many regularised colonies, building plans can’t be approved, which causes heavy revenue loss. Taking cognisance of the matter, the works committee has made a budgetary provision to prepare layouts for the colonies, which don’t have one,” said Jagdish Mamgain, chairman of the committee.
Mamgain said this year’s budget has four new heads, under which money will be spent on welfare activities. Apart from the installation of fire-safety equipment and formulation of layouts, the other two new entries are — maintenance of lights, other than streetlights (lights in colony parks), and improvement of dairy colonies.
To help conserve energy, the civic body has emphasised on the installation of solar energy CFL and T-5 bulbs in its buildings. Water harvesting will also be promoted. The works committee has also approved budget for strengthening and widening of roads, development projects in approved and unauthorised regularised colonies, footpath or walkway construction, improvement of civic amenities in unauthorised areas, etc.
Urbanised villages will also be provided fund for engineering works and drains. The committee has made provisions of funds for debris removal, road restoration, maintenance and repair of Dhobi Ghat and katras.