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Lucknow Municipal Corporation: Corporators to get Rs 10L for developing model colony

“On the pattern of central government that has directed all its MPs to develop at least one village, the LMC executive committee also decided to develop model colonies in wards with a budget of Rs 10 lakh each,” said mayor Sanyukta Bhatia.

lucknow Updated: Feb 13, 2018 16:06 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
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Mayor Sanyukta Bhatia during the LMC’s executive council meeting.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT Photo)

The executive committee of the Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC) on Monday passed a budget of Rs 1,700 crore for the year 2018-19. In the five-hour-long meeting, the 12-member panel discussed 29 proposals.

Initially, when the mayor announced the proposal of restricting corporators’ fund to Rs 85 lakh from Rs 90 lakh, the corporators were not happy. But they cheered when she revealed they would get a special grant of Rs 10 lakh for the development of model colony in their ward every year. This would increase the corporators’ quota to Rs 95 lakh per year.

“On the pattern of central government that has directed all its MPs to develop at least one village, the LMC executive committee also decided to develop model colonies in wards with a budget of Rs 10 lakh each,” said mayor Sanyukta Bhatia.

The LMC will also organise Lok Mangal Diwas every Tuesday for solving the problems of residents. This day will be organised at every zonal office in rotation. The Mangal Samadhan Diwas would be organised in two wards every week so that all the eight zones of the city are covered in a month, added the mayor.

However, the LMC panel didn’t impose any new tax on residents. Instead, it showered relief for those house owners who got their house constructed recently and erred in payment of their first house tax bill. House owners paying the bill for the first time will not be charged interest in case of late payment.

The task of cleaning drains and nullahs would be performed by LMC staff. To prevent wastage of funds, no drain would be cleaned by contractors this year, said the committee.

The proposal of issuing Rs 100-crore bonds was passed by the LMC panel for the consideration of state government. The fund raised through bonds would be used for construction of housing units in Aurangabad Khalsa area of the city. “The ambitious housing project of the LMC needs the thrust of bonds,” said mayor Sanyukta Bhatia.

The proposal of withdrawing the rebate given to LMC staff in case of booking kalyan mandaps was taken back after protest by LMC employees.

First Published: Feb 13, 2018 16:06 IST