Indore mayor Malini Gaud on Friday presented a mammoth budget outlay of Rs 3864.11 crore with a marginal deficit of Rs 99 crore for the fiscal year 2016 – 17, with smart, clean, digital and green Indore top on her agenda.
Gaud proposed an estimated expenditure of Rs 3864.11 crore against an estimated income receipts of Rs 3885.01 crore for the year 2016 – 17.
The size of the budget this year is 81% higher when compared to budget outlay of previous fiscal. The budget outlay in previous fiscal stood at Rs 2132.30 crore.
The size of the budget has shot up sharply because of huge planned capital expenditure under the head of project cell, laying new municipal water supply and sewer lines in non-connected areas, and laying new roads.
Starting her second budget speech, Gaud said, “Within one year, Indore has earned distinction as Smart Indore with its entry into the list top 20 cities to be taken up for Smart City development.”
However, apart from the Rs 100 crore grant each from the centre and the state governments, the mayor has not allocated any amount on the Smart City project from municipal corporation’s budget.
Gaud’s second 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) from center. After collapse of a portion of iconic Rajwada recently, Gaud proposed an expenditure of Rs 5 crore towards restoring heritage monuments in the city.
For the second year in a row, the mayor has chosen not to burden residents with any kind of new taxes or changing tax rates. However she said, the civic body will punish tax evaders by five times penalty.
Cleanliness and Solid Waste Management
The corporation aims to construct 100 urinals in public places with an outlay of Rs 4 crore. The mayor also promised to extend door-to-door garbage collection services in entire city by December 2016. She said a detailed project report is being prepared for Swachh Bharat Mission which would incur at least Rs 321 crore. Centre and state would contribute an equal share of Rs 64 crore for the mission, while corporation has allocated Rs 50 crore from its corpus. A 4 MLD (million liters per day) capacity effluent treatment plant will come up in Sanwer industrial area to stop mixing of industrial effluents in Kahn River.
Drinking water supply and conservation of water bodies
The mayor has proposed to set up 150 RO water systems in different public places with an estimated expenditure of Rs 2 crore. The city has been receiving about 380 MLD of drinking water; the corporation has planned to get an additional 90 MLD water from Narmada River this year.
The mayor has allocated Rs 10 crore from the budget for development of Sirpur lake and another Rs 10 crore for development of other water bodies. Rs 50 crore will be spent on repairing dilapidated drinking water pipelines and another Rs 100 crore for laying new drinking pipelines in non-connected areas.
Nullah trapping works are being carried out on six major nullahs in the city to stop sewerage outfall into Kahn and Saraswati rivers. The nullahs outfalls will be connected to primary sewer lines and will be carried directly to sewerage treatment plant at Kabit Khedi. The works will incur Rs 105 crore for laying 39 kilometer sewer lines. Rs 141.70 crore will be spent on laying new sewer lines in recently inducted 29 villages, which are devoid of sewerage system and a regional sewerage treatment plant will also be set up in the area.
Urban mobility and bus stands
The mayor has allocated Rs 5 crore each on construction of city bus stops and erecting new traffic signals. Twenty-four new buses will be introduced on four proposed routes in the city. AiCTSL run i-Bus service will be extended from Rajiv Gandhi square to Mhow Naka through Kesarbagh bridge.
The municipal corporation will spend Rs 200 crore in the designated Smart City area in this fiscal. It includes ‘Smart’ development of 742 acre Rajwada and MOG lines area in the city,
Total expenditure: Rs 3864.11 crore
Total receipts: Rs 3885.01 crore
Total deficit: Rs 99 crore, after including 5% as contingency fund
Tax rates are not changed; however with inclusion of GIS mapping technology, the corporation hopes to increase the number of tax payers by at least one lakh
30 electric buses will be introduced in most polluted routes to minimize pollution
150 RO drinking water systems will be installed at public places
Rs 5 crore for renovation of the Rajwada