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PCMC Budget 2018-19: Major emphasis on central government schemes this year

The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation’s (PCMC) annual budget has allocated Rs 329 crore for projects undertaken by the Centre.

pune Updated: Feb 16, 2018 17:20 IST
Shrinivas Deshpande
Shrinivas Deshpande
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Further, there will be no increase in property tax this year but PCMC hopes to rake up revenue through maximum recovery from defaulters .(HT REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)

The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation’s (PCMC) annual budget for 2018-19, which was announced on Thursday, has given high importance to central government schemes and has allocated Rs 329 crore for projects undertaken by the Centre.

Under the budgetary provisions for central government schemes, PCMC has allocated Rs 92 crore for the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, Rs 59 crore for the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), Rs 28 crore for Swachh Bharat Mission and Rs 100 crore for the Smart City mission.

According to the municipal commissioner Shravan Hardikar, the central government schemes cater to the immediate needs of residents and it was considering this that he made a high budgetary allocation for the projects. “These are ambitious projects of central government, which if implemented at a city level, can highly benefit the residents. The budgetary allocation is to ensure the effective implementation of these projects,” said Hardikar.

This is also the first budget after the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax.

Further, there will be no increase in property tax this year but the civic administration hopes to rake up revenue through maximum recovery from defaulters .

On the issue, Hardikar said,“We have not proposed any new taxes or hikes, except one, in the budget. Therefore, to generate revenue, PCMC should focus heavily on proper tax collection and recovery from defaulters.This year, we have also stopped the ‘token head’ allocation in the budget.” Further, Hardikar said that only the water fare has been increased in the “people-centric” budget as the corporation was finding it difficult to meet the expenditure on water supply.

The budget document also states that the civic body has already started work for implementing the 24x7 water supply scheme in the city.To avoid water leakage, the civic body will also replace 85,000 water supply connections in the near future.

A provision of Rs 44 crore has been made for the upliftment of the backward class and a provision of Rs 32 crore has been made for sports as well.

First Published: Feb 16, 2018 16:50 IST