No new tax, no hike in existing ones

FPJ BureauUpdated: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 02:08 PM IST
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Indore : Mayor Malini Gaud on Friday presented Rs 99.59 crore deficit budget for 2016-17 stating that this budget would be a stepping stone towards making clean, green, heritage and smart Indore.

The mayor proposed an estimated expenditure of Rs 3864.11 crore against an estimated income of Rs 3885.01 crore. With five percent allocation for reserve fund, the total estimated deficit stands at 99.59 crore.

In her budget speech, Gaud said: “Through this budget, we propose to make Indore a clean, green, heritage and smart city.”

Describing January 28 — the day when Indore was chosen among top 20 cities to be made smart cities in the first phase – as a historic day, the Mayor said that she had proposed Rs 200 crore for Smart City project this fiscal.

For those who thought that the Indore Municipal Corporation would levy new taxes in lieu of smart city project, the mayor left them surprised.

“Neither we are introducing any new tax nor increasing existing taxes”, she said.

Stating that the IMC would increase its revenue through making property owners by paying taxes, she said that the IMC would do mapping of properties in the city through GIS. “The details of every property in the city would be a click away after GIS mapping will be done in next 15 months. Through GIS we will add one lakh new property owners,” she said adding that the IMC drive last year made 37000 new residents pay property tax.

Rs 140 crore for roads and bridges

(a) Rs 30 crore for constructions of Vyas pul, Champabagh pul, Ramanand Nagar pul and Chhoti Bhamori pul.

(b) Rs 60 crore for widening roads from Mhow Naka to Loharpatti, Pipliyakhal to Subhash Marg, Gangwal Bus stand to Sarvate Bus Stand and Musakhedi to Azad Nagar.

(c) Rs 50 crore for road junction and bridge construction under Chief Minister Infrastructure project

Rs 323 crore for water related works

(a) Rs 143 for laying pipeline from Yeshwant Sagar to Supper Corridor for supply of 5 MLD water to upcoming multinational companies like TCS, Infosys etc.

(b) Rs 100 crore for laying new pipelines in the municipal limits

(c) Rs 50 crore for replaying the damaged pipelines

(d) Rs 10 crore for developing infrastructure for water conservation at ponds

(e) Rs 10 crore for water recharging

New buses, new routes

Soon, 24 Atal city buses would start running on four new routes. Besides, i-Bus facility would be extended till Mhow Naka from Rajeev Gandhi Square via Kesharbagh ROB. Apart from this, 30 battery operated buses would also be rolled out shortly on busy roads to check air pollution. The Mayor said that the DPR for battery operated buses has been sent to Central and State governments. She also stated that the State government has approved Rs 50 crore under Amart Yojana under which 250 buses would be rolled out in coming years.

“A sum of Rs 6 crore to AICTSL has been proposed for viability gap finding and Rs 6 crore for purchases of buses to run on BRTS Corridor,” the Mayor said.

Rs 9.5 crore has been proposed for construction of new bus stands in city.

Mayor Special Project Cell

To ensure that special development project is completed in a time-bound manner, Gaud announced plans to constitute “Mayor Special Project Cell”. In the first phase, this cell will do day-to-day monitoring of projects including Dussehra Maidan development, Laxman Singh Gaud area garden, Nehru Stadium revamp, Nehru Park, city zoo, Gandhi Hall, proposed garden at CP Shekhar Nagar and beautification of Sirpur pond.

Hostels under

commercial tax

Those who are using their residential plots and buildings for commercial purposes will now have to pay commercial tax instead of residential tax. All residential buildings which are used for commercial purposes have been brought under commercial tax. Hostels which till last year were under residential tax have also been brought under the purview of commercial tax.

Highlights of budget

  1. Rs 50 crore for Swachh Bharat Mission: Total Rs 321 crore would be spent on the mission, of which Central and State governments’ shares would be of Rs 64 crore each. A detailed project report is being prepared.
  2. Rs 141.7 crore for laying sewerage lines and for sewerage treatment plant under Amrut Project
  3. Rs 351.17 crore for constructions of houses Lodha Colony, PC Sethi Nagar under PM Housing Scheme. Total 7792 houses are to be constructed at a layout of Rs 682.4 crore.
  4. Rs 16 crore for developing a garden at CP Shekhar Nagar and other areas of the city
  5. Rs 10 crore for developing a garden at Vishwaram Bagh on Laxman Singh Gaud road
  6. Rs 20 crore for installing dividers on middle of roads, green belt development, construction of rotary and enhancing greenery beneath ROBs
  7. Rs 5.5 crore for development of city zoo, construction of new gate, new ticket counter and parking facility
  8. Rs 2.5 crore for revamp of Nehru Stadium that includes construction of new rooms for outstation players, new offices etc
  9. Rs 5 crore for revamp of heritage structures like Rajwada, Krishnapura Chhatri, Gopal Mandir, Emamwada, Gandhi Hall, Lalbagh, Gadaganpati, Pandrinath Temple etc
  10. Rs 4 crore for construction of toilets at 100 public places like shrines, tourist spots, heritage buildings, markets, bus stand etc
  11. Rs 2 crore for setting up advanced water kiosks consisting of RO at 150 places. The move is aimed at discouraging use of plastic mineral water bottles.
  12. Rs 57 crore for vehicles and repair works of old vehicles at IMC workshop

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