Ratlam : No new taxes are to be imposed in the year 2014-15 budget of the Ratlam Municipal Corporation, presented by the Mayor Sheilendra Daga today. He presented surplus budget of Rs.203.98 lakhs. The total income of the RMC is expected to be Rs.32290.75 lakhs while the expenditure is estimated to be Rs.32086.77 lakhs.

Daga said that the UDISSMT scheme is almost complete and the pipe-line testing work will be completed shortly which will pave way to water supply to the people from this ambitious scheme.  He said that there were many hurdles in the completion of the scheme. He said that fewer grants were received from the then union government and the funds were ultimately managed from the State government.  He claimed that with the commencement of water supply under this scheme, citizens will get one crore gallon water per day and additional water will be supplied to the railways and industry.

Mayor claimed that HUDCO loan was paid off fully, which was causing heavy interest burden on the RMC finances.  He said that dispute on many assets of the RMC were also resolved and way was paved for the utilization of these assets. He also stated that for the improvement of the gardens, a sum of Rs.50 lakh has been provided in the budget and a sum of Rs.75 lakh will be spent on Ganga Sagar area development.

Daga further informed that project report of Rs.41 crore has been sent for approval under the ‘Jheel Sanrakshan Yojana’ for the removal of dirt from the Amrit Sagar Talab . He said, provision has been made for the beautification of the Kalikamata Mandir area and shifting of veterinary hospital to other place. As per Daga, the Jaora road under-bridge, which is at the final stage, will be available for the public use shortly  and with the financial support of state government railways, this construction work is completed. He said that provision of Rs.2 crore has been made for the over bridge at the Hat Ki Chowki situated at railway gate crossing. The mayor also said that provision has been made of Rs.23 crore for the construction of underground drainage system and under MP Urban Infrastructure Investment Programme a sum of Rs.5 crore has been provided in the budget.  He said that under Rajiv Awas Nirman Yojana, the RMC has been included and in the first phase in Ishwar Nagar area, sanction has been received for the construction of 848 houses.

Daga also informed that special provision of Rs.2 crore has been made for the construction of foot over bridge connecting Katju Nagar and Kasturbanagar as without this facility people have to take longer routes to reach. Garh Kailash area and Tripolia Gate are will also be beautified. The work of beautification of the Hanuman Taal is under progress and with public support the construction work of famous Hanuman Temple is in progress. He said that this year, it will be developed as picnic spot and at Hanuman Taal boating facility will be made available. RMC has been allotted two boats by the MP Tourism Development Corporation. He said that this is the last budget of the present body and sincere attempts have been made for the balanced development in the city.

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