The Ghaziabad municipal corporation has proposed an expenditure of Rs625 crore for the fiscal 2017-18 and the proposal was cleared by the corporation board on Friday.
Apart from the expenditure, the corporation board members also discussed the measures to increase revenue and proposed an income of Rs633 crore.
With the clearance of the budget, the development works in all the existing 80 wards of the city will soon begin. There is also a proposal for new a delimitation under which the corporation jurisdiction is supposed to have a total of 100 wards.
“A total of Rs80 lakh has been allotted to each ward. This will pave the way for civic infrastructure works, which will soon begin. Apart from development works, we have also proposed the development of 10 open gyms in corporation parks. A monkey park is also proposed where trees will be planted and simians will be relocated as they have become a menace in residential areas,” said Arun Kumar Mishra, corporation’s accounts officer.
“The provisional budget was earlier cleared by the executive committee and was on Friday cleared by the board,” he said.
The officials said a major source of revenue will house tax which is estimated to generate Rs 80-90 crore annually. An amount of Rs190 crore is expected from the state finance commission. However, the corporation is yet to get its share of nearly Rs190 crore in infrastructure development funds for the past four years.
To increase the revenue, the officials have also proposed a GIS survey of all properties under the corporation jurisdiction so that all properties are brought under the house tax ambit.
From the corporation’s parking lots, the civic body has received more than Rs3 crore in revenue, the highest amount so far. Of the 56 parking lots in corporation zones, tenders were awarded for 22 lots, including 17 lots for which only one to two bids were received.
“Since the revenue from the parking lots has also increased, the board members have said that single bids should be cancelled as there could be a foul play by which other parties were not allowed to participate. We will cancel single bids re-tender the lots within a week,” mayor Ashu Verma said.
For increasing the revenue, the corporation board also decided that parking lots will be awarded only on 100% advance payment as this add more revenue to the current year, the mayor said.