Kalyan civic body mulls ways to gen­er­ate 25% cost for smart city Kalyan stu­dents help build homes for poor in Kar­jat

THE PLAN KDMC pro­poses to use funds from an­nual bud­get, lease out va­cant plots to gen­er­ate rev­enue

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With a pro­posed plan for the smart city pro­ject worth Rs1,445 crore in place, the Kalyan Dom­bivli Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (KDMC) is look­ing for op­tions to gen­er­ate 25% of the funds for the pro­ject.

The Cen­tre will pro­vide 50% of the funds re­quired for the pro­ject, while the state and the civic body will have to chip in 25% each.

To meet its tar­get, the civic body has planned to al­lo­cate a por­tion of the funds for the fi­nan­cial year 2016-17 bud­get to­wards this pro­ject.

“Since we have to chip in 25% of the amount for the smart cities pro­ject, we need to plan well in ad­vance on how we can we gen­er­ate max­i­mum funds to meet the re­quire­ment. One way is to take some funds from the KDMC’s an­nual bud­get,” said E Ravendi­ran, KDMC com­mis­sioner. The civic body is also plan­ning to do a GPS sur­vey of ar­eas un­der the KDMC’s ju­ris­dic­tion to check the prop­er­ties and wa­ter sup­ply con­nec­tions.

Based on this sur­vey, the civic body will col­lect the pend­ing prop­erty tax from each de­faulter.

It will also gen­er­ate rev­enue from res­i­dents for their wa­ter us­age. Those us­ing more than 500 litres of wa­ter a day will be charged higher amount.

“Wa­ter me­ters have been in­stalled in 85% of ar­eas un­der the KDMC’s ju­ris­dic­tion. We plan to in­stall me­ters in the re­main­ing ar­eas soon,” said a KDMC of­fi­cial on con­di­tion of anonymity.

“This will help us charge all the users based on the wa­ter me­ter rate and gen­er­ate some amount re­quired for the pro­ject,” added the of­fi­cial.

The civic body is also con­sid­er­ing leas­ing out its re­served plots for com­mer­cial pur­poses.

“The plots ly­ing va­cant can be leased out for com­mer­cial pur­poses. This will help the civic body gen­er­ate in­come that can be utilised for the pro­ject,” said Ravendi­ran.

A group of 200 stu­dents and 30 teach­ers from Sa­cred Heart School, Kalyan, par­tic­i­pated in Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity’s ‘Build’ pro­gramme in Kar­jat, wherein they along with the vol­un­teers par­tic­i­pated in build­ing homes and a com­mu­nity hall for the 500 fam­i­lies in Don­garpada lo­cated at Kar­jat. The par­tic­i­pants also painted Shasakiya Aashram Shaala, a school in Don­garpada, mak­ing it look vi­brant.

Ra­jan Sa­muel, MD, Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity In­dia, said, “I ap­pre­ci­ate the pas­sion of th­ese chil­dren to­wards el­e­vat­ing the de­prived con­di­tions of the bot­tom of the pyra­mid of so­ci­ety. Their con­tri­bu­tion will have an ever­last­ing im­pact on our home part­ners and the school stu­dents.”

Al­bin An­thony, ad­min­is­tra­tor, Sa­cred Heart School, said, “Our school has been par­tic­i­pat­ing in sev­eral such events, which will help stu­dents learn good val­ues. We have al­ready car­ried out many so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties to help the needy.”

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