Mumbai: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will on Monday present its annual budget for the upcoming financial year 2019-20. As per reports, there will be an increase of around 25 per cent in the estimates from the last year.
According to a leading daily, the BMC has promised to work on infrastructural projects such as Mumbai Sewage Disposal Project (MSDP), Goregaon-Mulund Link Road (GMLR), coastal road while also citing these as the reason behind the increase in the budget estimate.
The BMC has provided Rs 4,145 Crore for roads, Rs 2,569 crore for education, Rs 3,636 crore for healthcare, Rs 929 crore for stormwater drains, Rs 180 crore for modernisation of the civic body’s Fire Brigade, Rs 11.69 crore for disaster management, including equipping its personnel with satellite phones, and Rs 28 crore to install LED lights across the city.
Further, Rs 5 crore plan has also been proposed to install 4,064 CCTV cameras in 381 municipal schools. It has earmarked Rs 100 crore to reconstruct cycling and walking tracks parallel to the Tansa water pipeline.
BMC Commissioner Ajoy Mehta said that the BMC would be getting a grant of Rs 8,401 crore by way of Good and Services Tax reimbursement from the Centre and the state government. He informed that Rs 61 crore had been kept for providing medicines and equipment in civic-run hospitals in the suburbs.
Later, talking to reporters, Mehta said that the civic body’s prime objective was to push basic and infrastructure projects in the megacity, besides upgrading living standards of the people.
Notably, the BMC presented a budget worth Rs 37, 052, its highest budget in 2016-17. However, in the subsequent year, the Corporation cut down the budget by Rs 12, 000 to present a more “realistic” budget of Rs 25, 141 crores.