Mumbai civic body to give nod to ₹27,258-crore budget on Tuesday

Big infrastructure projects to get boost, but Mumbaiites would not have to pay higher taxes

mumbai Updated: Mar 20, 2018 01:20 IST
Eeshanpriya MS
Eeshanpriya MS
Hindustan Times
BMC,Mumbai,Shiv Sena
The opposition is likely to protest against the surge in the municipal hospital charges.(HT FILE)

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) general body will give its final nod to the Rs27,258-crore civic budget for 2018-19 on Tuesday, in a session that will stretch till late in the night, according to civic officials.

Initially, the general body was supposed to pass the budget on Monday. Due to delays, mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar, in a meeting with leaders of all political parties, decided to clear the budget on Tuesday instead.

Rais Shaikh, leader of the Samajwadi Party in BMC, said, “The group leaders will express their opinions about the budget on Tuesday, and it will then get its final nod.”

Leader of the opposition in BMC Raviraja said, “There are a few things Congress will oppose before the budget is finally passed. This includes hiked medical fees, and poor property tax collection. Besides, BMC allocates a lot of money to big infrastructure projects, and then does not implement them properly.”

In January, BMC hiked municipal hospital charges by 20%. BMC also has over Rs8,500 crore in uncollected property tax.

First Published: Mar 19, 2018 12:17 IST