Published On : Wed, Feb 26th, 2014

NMC Commissioner tables Rs 141.22 crore deficit budget

NMC earned revenue of Rs 440.52 crore till November 30, 2013, a deficit of Rs 141.22 crore as compared to last year mainly due to enforcement of Local Body Tax (LBT) in place of Octroi Duty. Keeping this aspect in mind, the Revised Budget along with the Proposed Budget for 2014-15 has been prepared. NMC’s Proposed Budget for 2014-15 expects revenue of Rs 1061.51 crore including Rs 10.30 lakh from last year Budget till April 1, 2014, Rs 360 crore from LBT, Rs 183.09 crore from Property Tax, Rs 120 crore from Water Tax and Rs 398.31 crore revenue from other sources.

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Nagpur News: Nagpur Municipal Corporation Commissioner Shyam Wardhane on Wednesdaypresented the Revised Budget of 2013-2014 and Proposed Budget for 2014-2015 to the Chairman of Standing Committee Avinash Thakre at 12 noon in the Committee’s Hall.

According to Wardhane, the NMC earned revenue of Rs 440.52 crore till November 30, 2013, a deficit of Rs 141.22 crore as compared to last year mainly due to enforcement of Local Body Tax (LBT) in place of Octroi Duty. Keeping this aspect in mind, the Revised Budget along with the Proposed Budget for 2014-15 has been prepared. NMC’s Proposed Budget for 2014-15 expects revenue of Rs 1061.51 crore including Rs 10.30 lakh from last year Budget till April 1, 2014, Rs 360 crore from LBT, Rs 183.09 crore from Property Tax, Rs 120 crore from Water Tax and Rs 398.31 crore revenue from other sources.

On expenditure side, Wardhane said the Proposed Budget of Rs 1061.51 crore includes expected expenditure of Rs 260.68 crore on Establishment, Rs 27.01 crore on Administration, Rs 100 crore on retirement pensions, Rs 178.33 crore on various development and repair works, Rs 415.67 crore on Capital Expenses and Rs 79.66 crore on other works. A balance of Rs 15.82 lakh is expected by year end.

The NMC Commissioner further elaborated that a Miller Machine will be purchased for road development and repair works. Similarly, tippers for works related to Hot Mix Plant. Damaged plastic material and vitamins would be utilized for preparing polymer in micro surfacing and resurfacing (suppressing) of roads that will help in maintaining good conditions of roads for a period of five years. Similarly, water tankers in smaller sizes will be manufactured for proper supply of water in non-network areas. The smaller tankers would be immense help in supplying water to the needy citizens quickly. Moreover, drivers of these tankers will not have to wait for long to fill water.

Wardhane said, “NMC on Mobile Service will be started instantly attending complaints of citizens for maintaining the city clean, facilities-oriented. Flyovers at Manish Nagar, Pardi on Bhandara Road Railway Crossings will be constructed to ease road traffic. Moreover, construction of flyovers has been undergoing and also proposed in Maskasath, Dahi Bazaar, Jaripatka and Ajni. Energy Saving Project for Solar City will be implemented with the funds received from Central Government. NMC will set up its own PMC Unit which will independently assess all the projects. Construction of new offices of Hanuman Nagar and Dharampeth Zones has been proposed in the closed down NMC schools.”

The top NMC boss further informed that revenue from Stamp Duty and Property Tax will see increase in 2014-15. Several small markets in the city will be reconstructed. The time limit for completing the Central Government schemes is March 2014. If the schemes are not completed in accordance with the rules, the State Government and NMC will have to bear the cost for completing the schemes. Wardhane, replying to a query over funds given to OCW and its benefits, said that a detailed study of contract conditions will have to be done. Then only, the reality and violation would be known. Directives have been issued to Water Works Department Executive Engineer Rehman to carry out reassessment of contract. Further action will be taken on the basis of report of Rehman.

A new DPR will be prepared and sent to Central Government for purchasing 200 more Star Buses, Wardhane said.

According to rules, the Establishment expenditure should have been 35 percent but has climbed to 63 percent forcing the NMC to stall new recruitment. Similarly, audit of works undertaken by Corporators in their Wards should be done so that quality could be improved. Wardhane said that with the cooperation of NMC officials and employees, development works were not hindered despite funds crunch. At present, proposals for Rs 100 crore works are in-process. NMC has loan of Rs 250 crore and is on the verge of taking Rs 200 more as loan. However, the loan installments are being paid regularly, said Wardhane.

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