While the expenditure has been pegged at ₹251.66 crore, the MC expects to earn a revenue of ₹268.72 crore next fiscal.
While the expenditure has been pegged at ₹251.66 crore, the MC expects to earn a revenue of ₹268.72 crore next fiscal.

No new tax, project in Mohali MC’s 17 cr surplus budget

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Hillary Victor
PUBLISHED ON FEB 13, 2020 01:18 AM IST

Mohali With no new project or tax announced, the Mohali municipal corporation General House in its last meeting of the five-year tenure approved 17 crore surplus budget for 2020-21 on Wednesday.

While the expenditure has been pegged at 251.66 crore, the MC expects to earn a revenue of 268.72 crore next fiscal.

In the past two fiscals, the MC had approved budget with 22.2 crore (2019-20) and 15 crore (2018-19) revenue deficit. Moreover, even as the civic body had projected 150 crore revenue in 2019-20, it received only 125 crore.

The term of the present MC House comes to an end on February 26. The Punjab government is set to dissolve it in the third week of February along with five other civic bodies in the state. After the dissolution, powers will be shifted to MC commissioner Kamal Kumar Garg.

“We will be focusing on increasing collection from various revenue sources, including building application fee, licence fee, and tehbazari fee. It can give us a boost of around 10 crore the next financial year,” said Garg.

37% EARNINGS TO COME FROM GMADA

However, at 100 crore, a major chunk of the expected earnings are to come from Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) in form of the dues for maintenance of parks, which have been pending for four years.

Congress councillor BB Maini objected to it, questioning the mayor that when the MC had failed to get the money in the past four years, how would it get it this year.

Meanwhile, the MC has pegged the municipal funds to be received from the state government at 66 crore. It also expects to earn 28 crore from property tax, 3 crore more than what was estimated in 2019-20.

However, additional excise duty collection estimates have been reduced to 3 crore from 8 crore. Other sources of revenue are advertisement tax (12 crore), water supply and sewerage charges (1.3 crore), building application fee (70 lakh), rent and tehbazari fee (60 lakh), and licence fee (45 lakh).

SOME DRAMA IN LAST MEETING

After Congress councillor Kuljeet Singh Bedi was not allowed to speak on the budget, his fellow party members objected to it and staged a walkout, only to return after addressing the media at the main door.

Councillor BB Maini alleged the MC had fudged the figures and Congress councillors were not being allowed to speak about it.

Later, chairing his last meeting, mayor Kulwant Singh, who belongs to the Shiromani Akali Dal, thanked everyone, adding: “In the past five years, we all have worked hard for the development of the city.”

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MOHALI MC BUDGET 2020- 21

While expenditure has been pegged at 251.66 crore, MC expects to earn a revenue of 268.72 crore next fiscal

MAJOR SPENDING

Road repairs: 30 crore

Construction of footpaths: 30 crore

Augmentation of water supply: 14 crore

Development of parks: 7 crore

Slaughter house facelift: 4 crore

MAJOR EARNING

GMADA dues: 100 crore

Punjab municipal funds: 66 crore

Property tax: 28 crore

Advertisement fee: 11 crore

Additional excise duty: 3 crore

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