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Mumbai Civic Budget 2018 Highlights: Coastal road gets Rs1,500 cr, no new taxes

Mumbai municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta presented the 2018 budget of the country’s richest civic body on Friday afternoon

mumbai Updated: Feb 02, 2018 16:42 IST
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Municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta presents the 2018-19 budget on Friday.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)

The annual budget of India’s richest civic body, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), is being presented by municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta on Friday afternoon.

The 2018-19 budget focuses on administrative reforms and civic amenities.

There were no new taxes nor any major hike in the existing ones, the fire and development plan departments have received more funds this year, as have mega infrastructure projects such as the coastal road.

Here are the highlights from the BMC’s 2018 budget:

4.17pm: Working women hostel of total cost of Rs13.65 crore will be constructed at Goregaon with a budget provision of Rs2 crore. The hostel will be a ground +15 floors and will accommodate over 175 women.

4.16pm: BMC to commission Powai to Veravali water tunnel arm and Powai to Ghatkopar this year. It is expected to improve the water supply in Andheri, Versova, Juhu, Bandra, Santacruz, Ville Parle, Ghatkopar, Kurla and Powai areas.

4.04pm: As proposed last year, Mumbai students can travel in BEST buses free of cost. Budget provision of Rs65 crores given for this year.

3.56pm: Mumbai civic body plans to provide email facility to 15,000 of its officials this year for faster communication with citizens. Currently, only 8,800 officials have this facility.

3.53pm: BMC will be creating tertiary treated water of approximately 1700 MLD in phases based on demand. This year will also see the start of the long pending work of sewage treatment plants of Mumbai with a budgetary provision of Rs538.15 crore.

3.42pm: BMC has set aside Rs510.33 crore for capital expenditure on the solid waste management and sanitation programme, which is twice the amount it spent last year.

3.35pm: Fire brigade to get new fire stations and mini-fire stations this year, Rs28.97 crore allocated. FireBrigade also goes hi-tech, to procure drones for assessing fires, robots for fire fighting.

3.30pm: BMC to spend a whopping Rs45 crore for a gymkhana for municipal officers. Budgetary provision made of Rs5 crore.

3.26pm: The civic body proposes to scrap pay and use toilets and make them all free for public.

3.22pm: BMC to spend Rs 53.71crore to deal with 55 flooding spots before this monsoon. Total of 146 spots identified.

3.21pm: Under the water distribution improvement programme, pressure-reducing valves will be installed by July 2018 to help move towards 24x7 water supply in H-west (Bandra) and T-wards (Mulund).

3.20pm: Beautification of Bandra fort underway — creating promenade, cycle track decorative lighting at Rs5cr

3.19pm: The municipal corporation expects to save a surplus of Rs7.02 crore of its budget this year. This is almost seven times last year’s surplus amount. Of Rs27,258 crore, Rs17,723 crore will be spent on administration and maintenance.

3.18pm: Rs13.5 crore allotted for the tuberculosis eradication programme. It will be used to provide for nutritional supplements, prevention kits and infrastructure.

3.10pm: Rs 10cr allotted to medical and dental colleges for collaborations with foreign universities, and to start faculty and student exchange programmes, to strengthen telemedicine centres, create digital classrooms and libraries.

3.05pm: Beautification work of JJ flyover, Worli seaface promenade and Carter Road promenade proposed. A provision of Rs1 crore made.

3.04pm: The BMC has proposed to start 25 night shelters under the night shelter support scheme. Currently, 10 shelters operational, 11 shelters will start functioning before March 31. Budget provision of Rs 5 crore made.

3.03pm: Water connection at regular rate will be given to rehab buildings even if property taxes are due until Occupational Certificate is granted, by shifting the burden of tax payment on the saleable component of the scheme.

3.02pm: A provision of Rs434 crore for cement-concrete roads and Rs590 crore for Asphalt roads has been made.Smooth functioning of 107 junctions proposed to be improved.

3.01pm: The BMC’s Roads department has been allocated a fund of Rs2,058.92 crore.

3.01pm: Procurement of 230 ICU-ventilator beds worth Rs16 crore done for 25 major and periphery hospitals to attend emergency cases effectively.

2.56pm: Rs1,000cr multi-phase redevelopment plan for Sion hospital to convert it to an 1,800-bed tertiary care facility.

2.55pm: Rs 340cr redevelopment plan for Nair hospital, work likely to start this year.

2.54pm: An early intervention centre to be set up for special children at Nagpada, to treat congenital defects and development delays.

2:53pm: BMC announces health budget of Rs3,636.82cr for 2018-19, up by Rs861.89 cr from the last budget. Focus on strengthening of tertiary and periphery hospital infrastructure and manpower.

2.45pm: To upgrade disaster management, disaster response and communication, the disaster unit gets Rs11.69 crores

2.43pm: Rs180 crore allocated to prevent fires in the city. It will stress on the Fire Safety Compliance Cell, which was formed after the fire at Kamala Millls that killed 14 and injured 55 others.

2.41pm: Development of Byculla’s Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan and Zoo, which houses the city’s Humboldt penguins, has been estimated to cost Rs50.25 crore this year.

2.41pm: Mumbai development plan 2014-34 gets priority for the second year in a row. BMC allocates Rs2,665.37 crore for implementing the 20-year blueprint.

2.37pm: BMC plans to develop 40 open spaces reserved in the development plan 2014-2034, by March, at a cost of Rs23.22 crore.

2.35pm: Medical treatment at BMC hospitals to cost more. License fee applicable for wholesale markets as civic body proposes to increase rates of some fees/charges.

2.31pm: As part of the Mumbai Development Plan BMC expects to spend Rs752.21 crores to implement parts of the plan by the end of this year. The plan is still pending with the state government.

2.31pm: Rs15 crore has been set aside to complete the beautification of the Mithi river. It will also include water treatment plants along the river.

2.28pm: With plans to build a textile museum in the city, BMC allocates Rs25 crores for it. Tenders for Phase-1 of the project have already been invited.

2.26pm: BMC will spend Rs1 crore on parking sites this year, which will allow a total of 22,000 parking spaces across the city.

2.23pm: The civic body will install organic converters in markets this year for Rs12 crore. It aims to make the city plastic-free through awareness programmes and participation.

2.20pm: The proposed Goregaon-Mulund link road project gets Rs100 crores for the financial year 2018-19.

2.18pm: BMC allocates Rs10 crores for a state-level capacity building centre that will offer courses in formulation of Development Plans.

2.14pm: Mumbai coastal road gets an allocation of Rs1,500 crores for the financial year 2018-19. BMC expects to create 10,000 jobs owing to the project

2.09pm: Civic body chief Ajoy Mehta presents a budget of Rs27,258.07 crore for Mumbai. It is Rs2,000 crore more than last year. The budget outlay has increased by 8.42% as compared to last year.

1.25pm: BMC proposes to start 35 new schools affiliated to Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE),International Baccalaureate (IB) and International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) through public-private partnership. These schools will be started in classrooms of the school buildings which have closed down.

1.20pm: The civic body has set aside Rs277.67 crore to renovate school buildings. It has so far completed 31 buildings in 2016-17 and 2017-18. 33 others are still in progress. BMC plans to finish 63 works in 2018-19, construct new schools on 12 plots and develop seven playgrounds.

1.09pm: An outlay of Rs18 crore in 2018-19 for providing tablets to students proposed. The tablets will be updated with new curriculum.

1.08pm: BMC plans to expand the free special ferry bus service from 7,000 students to all the students in civic schools. Rs65 crore has been allocated for the scheme, for the fiscal year 2018-19.

12:55pm: Proposal to establish an e-library project for at least 25 municipal schools. It will include services such as internet, computers, e-books. Rs1 crore allocated.

12.53pm: BMC proposes to start 24 international schools (one in each ward). Rs25 lakh allotted for it.

12:51pm: The civic body has set aside Rs27.38 crore for providing nutritive supplementary meals that comprise protein-rich dry snacks and other nutrients along with mid-day meals.

12.50pm: BMC to install 4,064 CCTV cameras at a cost of Rs5 crore in 381 municipal school buildings, at scout and guide camps and in new buildings.

12:49pm: BMC increases budget outlay for education from Rs2,311.66 crore in 2017-18 to Rs2,569.35 crore for 2018-19 — a 11% rise.

12.45pm: Additional municipal commissioner AL Jarhad starts by presenting the civic educational budget before the education committee.

First Published: Feb 02, 2018 13:05 IST