Union budget 2018: With mere 5% hike for Chandigarh, Rs 4,500-cr budget falls short of expectations
Demand was Rs 5,900 crore: Capital head that is used to create infrastructure, job creation sees 6% hike to Rs 505 crore.punjab Updated: Feb 02, 2018 09:33 IST
With no substantial hike in allocations, the budget has brought little cheer for the city. With a budget of Rs 4,511 crore for 2018-19, the city has seen less than 5% (4.6%) hike over the previous financial year’s allocation of Rs 4,312 crore. The UT administration had demanded Rs 5,900 crore.
For the 2017-18 fiscal, the city had received a paltry hike in budgetary allocation of around 2.5% from Rs 4,200 crore to Rs 4,312 crore. There has been a 6% increase in the Capital outlay from Rs 475 crore to Rs 505 crore. Under this head, funds are used for creating infrastructure like setting up factories, building new dispensaries, creation of jobs etc.
The Revenue head has seen a hike of 4.5% from Rs 3,837 crore to Rs 4,007 crore. The largest chunk of the budget — Rs 943 crore (around 20%) — has gone to power and renewable energy followed by education, which got Rs 827 crore (18%).
UT finance secretary AK Sinha said, “We have not got the amount we sought. However, it is sufficient to meet our requirement. If we need more, we will send a revised estimate.” So, even as the allocation is short of expectation, HT gives you a brief on where the money will be spent across sectors.
Power: Renewables to be promoted
Allotted Rs 943 crore, an increase of 13% over last year, the money will be used to promote new and renewable sources of energy; implementing the Model Solar City programme and on construction work of the power department.
Education: Upgrade of Sec-11 polytechnic
At Rs 828 crore, an increase of 5%, the infrastructure of NCC will be developed; Polytechnics and the Industrial Training Institute will be upgraded.
Health: 50-bed hospitals to be upgraded to 250-bed
The second biggest gainer over last year with 21% increase in budget to Rs 479 crore, here, the focus will be on upgrading 50-bed community health centres to 250-bed hospitals. In addition, centres like Rural Subsidiary Health Centres and Mental Health Institute, etc., will also be made more user-friendly.
Transport: New buses, CTU operations to be computerised
At Rs 252 crore, the sector has seen a 4% hike. New buses will be purchased and the operations of the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) will be computerised.
There is also a proposal to purchase video-coach buses for inter-city service. There is also a proposal to construct link roads in villages around the city.