The newly elected Indore mayor Malini Gaud on Thursday presented an Rs 2131.30 crore deficit budget for the fiscal 2015-16, with smart, clean, digital and green Indore on her agenda.
The mayor proposed an estimated expenditure of Rs 2132.30 crore against an estimated income of Rs 2131.32 crore for 2015-16. With five percent allocation for reserve fund, the total budget deficit stands at Rs 72.92 crore.
Starting her budget speech, Gaud said, "The entire nation is going through a phase of transformation, the phase of transforming cities into smart cities. Through this budget we will try that Indore stands in the forefront among top 20 cities which will be developed into smart city in first phase."
Gaud's maiden budget majorly focused on enhancing basic facilities (such as water, roads, and sanitation), reducing digital gap, and improving green cover in the city, to be in the forefront for receiving financial help under Prime Minister's AMRUT (Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation).
Gaud proposed an initial expenditure of Rs 25 crore towards such projects, and allocated another Rs 25 crore towards construction of affordable houses for rehabilitation of slum dwellers.
The corporation aims to achieve zero open defecation in the city, for that the civic body has conducted door-to-door survey and targets to construct 10,000 toilets with an expenditure of Rs 14 crores this fiscal.
Gaud said, "Thousands of people will be visiting our city during Simhastha - 2016, so it is essential to give makeover to the city. We are proposing to develop entry plazas at different entry routes in the outskirts of the city."
Sanitation and Solid Waste Management
The corporation aims to construct a hi-tech waste treatment plant, and carry out collection, transportation and disposal of solid waste in an organized manner. Rs 58 crore have been allocated for towards Swachhta mission.
IMC will also start door-to-door garbage collection this fiscal. Gaud said the corporation will start the project on pilot basis. The corporation has chosen Dravid Nagar ward (ward no. 71) for door-to-door garbage collection project. It will charge Rs 2 per day per house and Rs 3 from commercial setups.
Drinking water supply
The mayor has proposed an estimated expenditure of more than Rs 250 crore for laying new water pipelines to slum dwellings devoid of water supply, newly developing areas, super corridor, new colonies and townships coming up between AB Road and Bypass.
Given the pitiful condition of sewerage system in the city, the mayor proposed for making an expenditure of Rs 170 crore for laying new sewerage lines, trapping sewer water from falling into Kahn River, and laying secondary sewer lines alongside the river.
The corporation has proposed to introduce 109 new buses and 65 minibuses on city roads. Rs 7 crore has been allocated for removal of encroachments from roads, footpaths. Alternative arrangements will be drawn for smooth flow of traffic and making roads congestion free.
The mayor however decided not to burden residents with any kind of additional taxation. She requested the residents to update their property related details with corporation before December 31 and pay their taxes without any penalty.
The corporation has proposed for 10 per cent rebate to women and senior citizens on cleanliness tax. An additional 50 per cent rebate on registration fee of property is proposed if registered in the name of women and senior citizens.
The mayor proposed to levy residential tax on hostels to promote education and also proposed to set up an international class library with an expenditure of Rs 2.5 crore. Gaud said, I want to develop Indore into an educational hub of central India.
The budget also proposed to make an expenditure of Rs 20 crore on construction of school buildings.
Malini Gaud has proposed to make an estimated expenditure of Rs 40 crores towards plantation, afforestation alongside roads and dividers. The corporation also proposed to grow dense forest on forest department's land near Airport.
The corporation has recently started Haryali Mahotsav - a five year program to improve green cover in the city.
The budget has provisions for development of sports center with an expenditure of Rs 11.5 crore.