No new taxes for Mumbaikars in BMC Budget for 2018-19

Sakal Times
Saturday, 3 February 2018

The civic body has proposed a hike in indirect taxes to increase revenue from other sources like service charges including health services

Mumbai: Municipal Commissioner of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Ajoy Mehta announced the richest civic body’s budget on Friday, with no new taxes or no new projects.

The civic body has proposed a hike in indirect taxes to increase revenue from other sources like service charges including health services.

Civic Chief Ajoy Mehta, on Friday, presented Rs 27,258 crore budget for 2018-19. The size of the budget has increased by 8.42 per cent against last year’s outlay. There is a proposal to start 35 schools under Public-Private Partnership in classrooms which have closed on account of decreasing student strength. These schools will be affiliated to CBSE, IB, Cambridge and CISCE boards.

Charges like market fees, factory fees and health service charges in civic-run hospitals have been revised.  

The BMC has proposed to spend Rs 1,202 crore on road works. It has proposed Rs 467 crore for new works related to bridge construction and flyover extension at various places.

A budget provision of Rs 100 crore is also proposed for Goregaon-Mulund Link Road project work.

Around Rs 8,000 crore has been earmarked for schemes targeting the urban poor. The BMC has made an allocation of Rs 1,500 crore for the Coastal Road and Rs 100 crore for the Goregaon-Mulund Link Road (GMLR) project, which is yet to take off.

There is a proposal to construct night shelters at Chandivali, Magathane and Dahisar area at a cost of Rs 5 crore. Rs 180 crore has been allocated to procure fire fighting equipment and fire safety compliance cell.

There is a provision of Rs 12 crore to install organic converters in the civic market to process the waste generated in these markets.

There is a proposal to construct two sports complexes-cum-playground, one at Veera Desai Road Andheri West, and at Bhavdevi Maidan, Dahisar for Rs 15 crore. BMC has also proposed to develop a textile museum, library, auditorium, art gallery and public plaza on The India United Mills land at the cost of Rs 300 crore and Rs 25 crore budget provision has been made in the 2018-19 budget estimate. The BMC has proposed a hostel for working women for Rs 2 crore, where the total cost of the project is Rs 13.65 crore. The hostel will be of ground plus 15 floors having accommodation for 175 women.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Rs 1,202.20 crore for roads department
  • Rs 1,500 crore for Coastal road and Rs 100 crore for GMLR project.
  • Rs 18 crore for maintenance of the tabs
  • Rs one crore proposed for e-library at 25 public libraries on experimental basis
  • Rs 25 lakh for 24 BMC schools (one in each ward) to start international school.
  • Rs 5 crore for installation of 4,064 CCTV cameras in 381 school buildings.

 

 

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