In order to encourage non-polluting modes of transport such as cycles in the city, the Chandigarh municipal corporation has made a provision of around Rs 5 crore in the budget for construction, repair and re-carpeting of cycle tracks.
To ease traffic congestion, the MC will also construct two underpasses at the Sector-17 ISBT and Aroma light point at the cost of Rs 25 crore.
The MC’s finance and contracts committee (F&CC) on Friday approved a budget of Rs 1,072 crore for the 2016-17 fiscal.
A provision of `572 crore has been kept under the plan head and Rs 500 crore under the non-plan head. The budget will get final nod in the MC House meeting to be held on February 12. The plan head includes expenditure that is meant to create new infrastructure and capital assets.
A provision of Rs 32 crore has been made for civil works, including re-carpeting of roads, renovation of community centres, repair of streetlights.
To improve the solid waste management and allied services in the city, the budget has been increased from `41 crore in 2015-16 to Rs 59 crore in 2016-17. The civic body will upgrade the mechanical transportation of garbage and will replace garbage bins. A provision of Rs 15 crore has been kept for strengthening the sewerage system, as against Rs 14 crore last year.
The civic body will also focus on improving basic amenities and services at colonies
for the economically weaker sections and has proposed a budget of Rs 17 crore, which was Rs 9 crore last year. Besides, a budget of Rs 7 crore has been proposed for improving infrastructural facilities in villages.
The finance committee proposed Rs 5 crore for primary education and Rs 15 crore for primary healthcare. The MC has also proposed a budget of Rs 33 crore for improving fire and emergency services.
SURVEY ON STREET VENDORS
The MC will also conduct a survey on street vendors. Manimajra will be connected with the tertiary treated water supply, the design of toilet blocks will be approved along with the provision of kitchens for caretakers and the issue of construction of 18 government schools will also be taken up this year.
Surprisingly, no proposal has been made to provide facilities to the destitute, afforestation and shelters for stray animals this year.
Besides, there has been a cut in the budget for public health, national urban livelihoods mission and roads.
Mayor Arun Sood said: “We have proposed a realistic budget this time
and we are also working to improve the civic body’s income.”
“For the past three years, we have been struggling with primary education and health, as half of the things are managed by the UT administration. During the meeting, it was also decided that the MC will take up these two issues with the UT administration,” said BJP councillor Sat Parkash Aggarwal.
The meeting was held under chairmanship of mayor Arun Sood and was attended by MC commissioner B Purushartha and other members of the committee, including Aruna Goel, Asha Jaswal, Sat Parkash Aggarwal and Shagufta Parveen, besides MC officials.
CHAWLA WALKS OUT OF MEETING
The lone Congress member in the finance and contracts committee, Subhash Chawla, staged a walkout from the meeting alleging foul play in counting of votes during the election to the finance committee held on January 29.
Chawla left the meeting after an argument with mayor Arun Sood.