No grand plans for Mumbai, BMC budget 2018-19 may focus on amenities
The budget is scheduled to be presented on February 2mumbai Updated: Jan 25, 2018 09:44 IST
The civic budget for 2018-19 may not announce new infrastructure projects, and new taxes or increase in the existing taxes, according to sources in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) privy to the development.
The budget is scheduled to be presented on February 2. “Mumbaiites can look forward to a reform-centric, robust and transparent civic budget with greater focus on delivering civic services,” said a civic official.
Like last year, the BMC may keep the budgetary allocation around Rs25,000 crore. The previous financial year (2017-18) saw the largest cut in the budget in the past 10 years. Many infrastructure projects, namely the coastal road, Goregaon-Mulund link road (GMLR), sewage treatment plants (STPs), and Deonar waste-to-energy plant will find a mention again, said the source. However, with projects like Goregaon-Mulund link road and Mulund dumping ground still volatile, the BMC is expected to reduce the allocation to such projects.
Moreover, the departmental allocations, mainly roads, solid waste management and stormwater drains, are also likely to face cuts.
This year’s budget is expected to focus on administrative reforms and civic amenities.
Civic officials said the BMC will integrate the development plan (DP) with the budget. With the city’s blueprint for 20 years expected to be approved by the state government by March, the budgetary allocation for DP is expected to be more than last year’s Rs2,102 crore. “Last year, we concentrated on developing amenities on plots that are already in the civic body’s possession as per the DP. After the DP gets a nod, this year’s budget allocation will focus on development of amenities under the DP,” said a civic official.
The move is expected to improve the track record of implementation of DP. Only 19% of the provisions in the DP 1964 and 33% from 1991 DP were implemented. Most of the reservations from the 1991 DP are included in the 2034 plan.