Standing committee approves budget
CBD BELAPUR: The two-day discussion on the annual budget 201617 presented by Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) administration to the standing committee ended on Tuesday with the committee approving it with a Rs11.5 crore hike.
Hardly some of the total 16 standing committee members spoke on the issue.
Municipal commissioner Dinesh Waghmare had on Febr uary 1 5 , presented a Rs1,975.85 crore budget of NMMC for the financial year 2016-17. He had proposed receipts of Rs1,900.23 crore against an expense of Rs1,975.40 crore. The civic body has an opening balance of Rs75.62 crore and hence it is expecting a surplus of Rs45.54 lakh.
There is no increase in taxes in the budget but there is no major new project for the city either. The budget is marginally higher than last year’s revised budget of Rs1846.52 crore.
It does not propose increase in property tax or water charges.
The commissioner had said that it is a realistic budget that stresses on completing existing and smaller projects.
The standing committee has now increased the income figure to Rs 1987.35 crore.
In the expenses, the increase have been proposed in increasing the capacity of Morbe dam (Rs 3.5 crore), solid waste management ( Rs7 crore) and construction of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj statue and Maulana Abdul Kalam memorials ( Rs1 crore).
Standing committee chairperson Netra Shirke, “We had good discussion on various aspects of the budget and the committee felt there was scope for increase under some heads. We have proposed the changes.”
The budget will now be presented in the general body for final approval.