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'Reducing capital expenditure budget could hit development'

While the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) announces several mega projects in its budget every year, the hurdles in their implementation ensure that they remain only on paper.

mumbai Updated: Feb 06, 2013 01:23 IST
HT Correspondent

While the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) announces several mega projects in its budget every year, the hurdles in their implementation ensure that they remain only on paper.

A case in point could be the Brihanmumbai Stormwater Disposal (Brimstowad), which was envisioned in 1993 but came to limelight after the 2005 deluge. More than 50 per cent of the work on it is yet to be completed.

Despite the poor progress on the ongoing big-ticket projects, the BMC increased the budget for capital expenditure for 2013-14 only by Rs10 crore. Experts and critics believe the move could impact the infrastructure development in the city adversely.

Prakash Sanglikar, former deputy municipal commissioner, said, "There are several capital works in need of budgetary provision. Reducing the capital investment, which is the core of the BMC budget, shows poor planning."

Highlighting the poor state of the sewage disposal system, he said, "The phase II of the Mumbai Sewage Disposal Project (MSDP) has not shown any significant progress. We need to take up more projects to improve the system."

Opposition parties, too, have criticised the budget for capital expenditure provision. "There is nothing new in this year's budget. The BMC has only reallocated funds for projects, which had budgetary provisions earlier too," said Chetan Kadam, MNS corporator.