GHMC to spend Rs 4599 crore for 2014-15

GHMC to spend Rs 4599 crore for 2014-15

GHMC to spend Rs 4599 crore for 2014-15, GHMC, GHMC budget for the year 2014-2015. “A high percentage of the budget has been given to the new schemes...

Sports scholarships, beautification of parks and lakes, subsidised meal scheme, development of tourism, given impetus in the budget

After much speculation and friction, the GHMC’s standing committee approved the civic body’s budget for the year 2014-2015 on Wednesday. The total budget that has been allocated for this year is Rs 4599 crore.

Community development programmes have been given more fiscal leeway at this year’s budget compared to last year.

“A high percentage of the budget has been given to the new schemes that we had launched,” said Mayor Mohamed Majid Hussain.

The features of the budget are:

Trade Licenses: As compared to last year, where the budget for trade licenses was Rs 60 crore, this year, the budget for the trade licenses have been increased to Rs 100 crore.

Educational Concession: For the first time, the civic body has allotted Rs 5 crore which would be used to promote sports in schools. The budget would be used to give monthly scholarships to sportspersons.

GHMC Commissioner, Somesh Kumar, said, “We want to encourage sports in schools. That is why we have decided to select 500 sportspersons and give them some financial assistance for their studies.”

The scholarship amounts are: national levels players: Rs 5000 per month; state level players: Rs 2000 and district level players: Rs 1000 per month.

House Numbering: The civic body has allotted Rs 10 crore for the sole purpose of door numbering for all the houses within the GHMC limits.

Property Tax: Rs 1250 crore has been allocated for the property tax wing.

“As of now the civic body has no plans of revising the property tax rates. We would also be giving tax-free bonds,” informed Majid Hussain.

Parks: The GHMC has also allocated Rs 10 crore for the development of an amusement park at Kishanbagh. According to the officials this park would be on par with the Lumbini Park. Apart from that they have also sanctioned Rs 45 crore for the construction and maintenance of a park in every constituency. Rs 50 crore has been ear-marked for the development of new sports stadiums and swimming pools.

Meal scheme: The Commissioner and the Mayor informed that a new scheme, Fakhr-e-Millat, would be launched soon. In this programme, there would be 50 centres in the city in close proximity to slums which would serve meals to the first 300 people at a cost of Rs 5.

Conservation of lakes: Rs 25 crore has been sanctioned to develop the Mir Alam Tank and another Rs 25 crore for the beautification and development of other lakes in the city.

RO Water Plants: Initially when the project was launched the officials had planned for only 150 RO water plants. But with the growing demand for clean water, the GHMC increased the number of plants to 400. The budget that has been allotted for this purpose is Rs 20 crore.

Tourism sector: The GHMC plans to develop a healthy Heritage Tourism Corridor in the city with a budget of Rs 30 crore. As part of this project, all the heritage sites in the city would be beautified and maintained. There are also plans to develop 14 entrance plazas to the city. Rs 8.4 crore has been allocated for the purpose.

Night Shelters: 18 night shelters would come up in the city. Rs 43 lakh has been allocated for each night shelter. Total budget of Rs 8 crore has been sanctioned.

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