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Civic body works on 2018-19 budget, even as 41 old projects in Mumbai lie incomplete

Pending projects include Goregaon Mulund Link Road, construction of a 12-acre sports complex in Andheri and eight swimming pools across city

mumbai Updated: Jan 29, 2018 16:13 IST
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BMC is expected to witness a significant cut from last year’s Rs317.87 crore.
BMC is expected to witness a significant cut from last year’s Rs317.87 crore.(HT file)

Even as the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) prepares the budget for the year 2018-19, a look at last year’s budget has shown that several infrastructure projects that were announced for the year 2017-18 have stayed on paper.

Some proposed projects - such as the big ticket coastal road project, Goreaon Mulund (GMLR) link road, and the construction of a 12-acre sports complex in Andheri and eight swimming pools across the city - have not even been taken for construction yet. Other plans in last year’s budget included widening of roads, beautification projects, and restoration of heritage structures and hospitals.

Civic chief Ajoy Mehta, ahead of the budget speech, asked the civic departments to chalk out a timeline to clear 41 pending projects, specifying the date of issuing bids, selection process for the bidder and the estimated construction and completion dates.

It is likely that the completion of pending projects may sideline new projects proposed for the upcoming year. Many infrastructure projects, such as the coastal road, GMLR, sewage treatment plants (STPs), and Deonar waste-to-energy plant, will be mentioned again in the new budget, said a civic official.

The BMC may also reduce fund allocation to projects which are still awaiting clearance - such as the GMLR and the Mulun dumping ground. In addition, the garden department has also been asked to reduce its budget allocation, said a civic official.

BMC is expected to witness a significant cut from last year’s Rs317.87 crore.