?Govt reneged on promises to BMC?
MAYOR SUNIL Sood today accused the State Government of reneging on the promises to provide funds to the Bhopal Municipal Corporation.
He also flayed the BJP corporators for moving proposals unmindful of the provisions of Municipal Corporation Act. Replying on the budget discussion today, Sood said that BMC expenditures have gone up as the State Government reduced certain funds and compensations while assigning running of street lights of entire City.
The State Government has not provided Rs two crore as promised in last year’s budget. The compensation of octroi was also not given as per the eligibility of the BMC.
While refuting the charges of BJP corporators, the Mayor said that an amount of Rs 2.39 crore of road maintenance fund was spent in the wards represented by BJP members.
While pleading to avoid amendments, Sood said that against the necessary expenditure of Rs 137.94 crore, the BMC earning is Rs 110 crore. In this situation, the amendments are not as per provisions of the act, he added.
Earlier, leader of BJP corporators group, Ashok Pandey alleged that the quality of work of Valmiki Ambedkar Awas Yojana was poor. He also asked as to why the revised budget was brought along with the annual budget. He raised objections over the increase of expenditure by Rs 35 crore in the revised budget.
BJP corporator Anil Agrawal asked how the BMC would arrange its share of Rs 129 crore in the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission. He alleged that the budget is unrealistic. BJP’s Sanjay Sharma alleged that funds for gas- hit areas were spent in other areas.
BJP’s Vandana Jachak raised objection over pledging the property tax accounts of MP Nagar against the loan from a private bank. She also demanded regularisation of daily wagers.
Senior BJP member Mukesh Rai alleged that no help of advisory committees was taken in the preparation of budget. BJP’s Alok Sanjar presented the amendments and alleged that the Mayor paid attention towards Bairagarh due to political considerations.
Another BJP member Krishna Mohan Soni demanded that an additional pipeline to the old city areas should be laid from Shyamla Hills Filtration Plant. Several other coporators of BJP and Congress participated in the discussion. The six-hour long budget discussions ended with the announcement of amendments by the BMC Chairman (speaker) Ramdayal Prjapati.