Jalandhar MC prepares Rs 60 cr budget for road repair, clueless on funds

  • Nitindra Bandyopadhyay, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Mar 09, 2015 18:45 IST

Following a hue and cry over the dilapidated condition of roads in the city, mayor Sunil Jyoti on Monday called a meeting of officials concerned and the cash-strapped municipal corporation came up with an estimate of `60 crore for road repair works.

“Patchwork of roads will start shortly and we have prepared a plan for this. The roads within the municipal limits have been put in three categories depending on the priority needed to carry the work,” mayor Sunil Jyoti said. However, the civic body is clueless as from where the funds required for carrying out these repair works will come from.

The MC is planning to use semi-dense bituminous concrete to carry out patchwork and repair work to increase the longevity of roads.

The use of new technology and material has inflated the MC budget from `35 crore to `60 crore. The MC was banking on property tax collection to boost its coffers, but a below-target tax collection has poured cold water on this too.

The civic body boasted of collecting `30 crore property tax by February-end, but only `10 crore has been added to its coffers till date, forcing the authorities to rethink their budget.

The roads which were constructed a year ago have developed potholes following recent rain in the region.

The civic body is now trying to come up with a proper action plan to handle the situation and maintain revenue deficit. Sources said even the state government is not keen on providing financial assistance to the civic body as a huge sum was spent on repair and patchwork of roads in the city just before the Lok Sabha elections last year.

Caught on the wrong foot, MC officials are just holding meetings and drawing estimates for road repair work without having any clue about the funds required.

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