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Rs 183-crore budget for city, suburbs

The city’s suburban coastline from Bandra to Gorai will soon get 200 to 650-m boundary walls to prevent sand erosion.

mumbai Updated: Jan 29, 2010 00:47 IST
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The city’s suburban coastline from Bandra to Gorai will soon get 200 to 650-m boundary walls to prevent sand erosion.

Six government hospitals in the city including JJ hospital and St George’s hospital will get equipment such as X-ray machines, ventilators and MRI scan machines.

These are some of the provisions under this year’s Rs 183-crore district plan for Mumbai and its suburbs. The state’s planning department approved the budget for the plan on Wednesday.

The budget was drafted by the district planning and development committees (DPDC), which are headed by district guardian ministers and include local legislators as ex-officio members.

The state budget makes a provision for district plans every year.

This year, the Mumbai suburban DPDC submitted a budget of Rs 133 crore and the Mumbai city DPDC submitted a plan for Rs 49.8 crore.

“We have cleared the district plan for the city and suburbs giving priority to citizen friendly amenities,” said Planning and Finance Minister Sunil Tatkare. “But, at the end of the day it is a plan made by local committees.’’

A chunk of funds from the city budget — around Rs 10 crore — will go towards setting up more Industrial Training Institutes, providing books and laboratories for colleges including Elphinstone and Sydenham, Rs 1 crore for the Institute of Science, and towards renovating government-run student hostels.

An equal amount will be spent on miscellaneous repairs and renovations of public buildings. This includes Rs 60 lakh for the planning committee’s office.

The Mumbai suburban budget has allocated most funds for renovation and beautification of ponds and gardens. The areas selected were proposed by local legislators.

The Digeshwar pond at Charkop was suggested by Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) Yogesh Sagar. The creation of a park on a plot at Lokhandwala in Kandivli was MLA Ramesh Singh Thakur’s proposal.

Other big budgetary items include Rs 30 crore for rehabilitation of slum dwellers and the building of walls around slums to prevent accidents due to landslides.

A sum of Rs 7 crore has been set aside for building coastal erosion and security walls. Officials, however, claimed that much of DPDC budgeting was futile.

“District plans get too minuscule a budget to do anything worthwhile,” said a bureaucrat on condition of anonymity.

“A lot of money is spent on minor repairs and construction that can be done by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.’’