Owing to the delay in the formation of the Thane Municipal Corporation’s standing committee, civic chief RA Rajeev, with the powers vested under a special act, on Tuesday declared the civic body’s annual budget for 2012-13.
With an allocation of Rs2,275 crore – about 20% higher than last year — the budget lays emphasis on environmental conservation and sustainable development of the municipality.
In a relief to Thane residents, there was no increase in taxes this year as well. However, retailers and businessmen will have to shell out 10% more to obtain licenses and permits.
Section 100A of the Bombay Provincial Municipal Corporation Act gives the commissioner discretionary powers to declare the budget. The formation of the standing committee has been delayed owing to the political instability after the civic polls. The budget now will have to be approved by the committee by June.
The upcoming financial year, said the civic chief, will be a year of investment for the future. “The idea is to work towards the Thane one would like to see 20-30 years down the line. The focus is on sustainable development,” said Rajeev.
The commissioner announced the Save National Park project, for the part of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park which falls in Thane. The civic body plans to build a 12-km stretch of road along the Yeoor forest boundary, to help demarcate the forest area. A bicycle and joggers’ track will also be constructed.
The civic body plans to develop a 36-km stretch along the Thane creek and revamp the waterfront to make it a tourist attraction and stop exploitation of mangroves.
As a pilot project, a water district will be formed to provide 24X7 water supply to a particular area. The commissioner clarified that this cannot be implemented for the entire city at once.
With regard to infrastructure, work on a mass-transit system will begin, with an alternative analysis being conducted in the next three months.
Based on the advanced locality managements in Mumbai, the corporation will be work on forming Thane Neighbourhood Group wherein people’s participation will be sought for the beautification of their localities.