Noida approves a budget of Rs8,070 crore
The Noida authority approved the budget in its 192nd board meeting on Fridaynoida Updated: Jun 03, 2017 00:57 IST
The Noida authority on Friday held its 192nd board meeting, which took place at its office in Sector 6. It allocated a budget of Rs8,070 crore for the financial year 2017-18, of which a lion’s share of around Rs1,059 crore was allocated for development of civic facilities and health services in urban areas.
“We have decided to prioritise development of civic and health facilities in urban areas. In the financial year 2017-18, the authority will spend Rs1,059 crore on development and maintenance of civic amenities, health services and development of urban areas,” said Saumya Srivastava, deputy chief executive officer (DCEO) of the Noida authority.
Last year, it had allocated a budget of Rs9,000 crore, but could spend only Rs3,900 crore.
“It is not necessary that whatever amount we have allocated is spent within a year. We allocate each year and try to spend it in the respective projects if possible. The fund allocated for infrastructure development is not for new projects. It will be spent on ongoing projects so that they are finished on time as per the scheduled deadline,” said Manmohan Mishra, financial controller, Noida authority.
The authority is also yet to spend the around Rs100 crore allocated in 2016-17 for development of rural areas. This year, the authority allocated a slightly higher amount of Rs158 crore for this purpose.
There are 82 villages spread over 20,000 hectares that under the Noida authority’s jurisdiction. In 1976, the state government had started establishing Noida, a planned industrial town, on agricultural land owned by farmers of these villages.
“The Noida authority never bothered to provide basic civic amenities to villages and they have turned into urban slums. Without drains, sewage network and scientific waste disposal, the villages stink. If officials continue to ignore villages, things will go from bad to worse,” said Joginder Awana, president, Noida Vikas Manch.
The Noida authority has also allocated Rs43 crore for maintenance of cleanliness in the city under the Swachh Bharat mission.
“This amount will be spent on initiatives related to the Swachh Bharat mission. The focus of this budget is to make Noida a clean, pollution-free city,” said Srivastava.
Soon after assuming office, chief minister Yogi Adityanath had directed all top officials, including those in Noida, to make cleanliness a priority. After the formation of a new state government in March 2017, industries minister Satish Mahana and other cabinet ministers had taken a cleanliness pledge in the authority office.
However, Awana said, “The Noida authority wants to focus on cleanliness initiatives to implement the Centre’s plan of Swachh Bharat. But it should also focus on development of the villages as they are an integral part of Noida. How will Noida become clean if the villages are in this state?”