Stand­ing com­mit­tee ap­proves bud­get

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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.

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