Photo Credit: Suyash Desai
Photo Credit: Suyash Desai

After the Union Budget, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) presented its budget for financial year 2019-20. BMC commissioner Ajoy Mehta presents civic budget of Rs 30,692.59 crore for the year 2019-20, an increase of 12.60 per cent.

Here top announcements of BMC Budget 2019-20:

  • BMC commissioner Ajoy Mehta presented the Rs 30,692.59 crore budget for the financial year 2019-20.
  • There has been nearly 15 percent hike in the BMC budget for 2019-20 which is Rs 30,692 crore. Last year, the civic budget was also increased by nearly 10 percent to Rs 27,258.07 crores from its previous Rs 25,141.51 crore in 2017-18.
  • BMC presented Education Budget of Rs 2733 crore for year 2019-20. Last year, it was Rs 2569 crore. The civic body will spend mostly on revamp of BMC schools which includes music academy, playgrounds, CCTV cameras, digital classrooms and e-library to increase admission in public schools.
  • For other major projects like Goregaon-Mulund Link Road, the BMC has allocated Rs 100 crore in its 2019-20 budget.
  • The budget provision for BMC’s 2019-20 budget for its roads and traffic department is Rs 1520.09 crores. This involves repairing of roads and junctions in the city.
  • BMC will also construct language laboratory. The civic body has allocated Rs 1.30 crore to construct a language laboratory to develop the language skills of the students.
  • BMC further allocated Rs 1600.07 crore for its ambitious Coastal Road Project in its 2019-20 budget. The total cost of the project is Rs 12,969 crore.
  • BMC has allocated Rs 11,480.42 crore for the capital expenditure that is spending on development projects for improvement of the city’s infrastructure like roads, storm water drains, bridges, solid waste management and water projects.
  • BMC commissioner stated that neither any hike in the rates of present taxes is proposed nor any new taxes have been imposed in the budget estimate for year 2019-20.
  • Gardens and zoo together get Rs 387 crore.
  • Fire brigade has got around Rs 201 crore for upgradation. This is one of the highest allocation in the country.
  • Following BEST crisis, BMC has made a provision of Rs 34.10 crore for capital investment and improvement which will directly benefit passengers of BEST. In addition, Rs 10 crore provision has been given for employee welfare.
  • BMC has also allotted Rs 4151.14 crore (13% of total budget) for Public Health department. BMC allocates Rs 3323 crore for Development Plan.
  • BMC to set up state of the art multiutility training simulator for hot fire training, confined search and rescue, vertical rescue, rope rescue.
  • New Mumbai Mayor’s residence to come up at Dadar’s Shivaji Park in a plot of 2745 sq metres. The construction will commence in the year 2019-20. A budget provision of Rs 1 crore is made in the budget 2019-20.
  • 100 crore has been proposed to develop Waste to Energy (WTE) Plant at Deonar Dumping Ground with a capacity of 600 TPD plant.
  • 100 crore has been proposed for new footpath improvement policy which will avoid illegal digging and focus on improvement of quality of footpath and increased lifespan.
  • 825.05 has been proposed for beautification, rejuvenation and managing the Sewage problem of Mithi River, Dahisar, Poisar and Oshiwara Rivers.
  • Rs 4151.14 crore has been proposed for new hospitals and upgradation of equipments.
  • 104.47 crore is proposed to focus on construction of toilets in slum areas and will also focus on supplying proper water and electricity supply in MCGM toilets.
  • 9268.90 has been provisioned to extend various civic services to the urban poor and improving the standard of these services.
  • 206.25 crores provisioned for HMIs application, which will be further extended to the remaining Major Hospitals, Peripheral Hospitals, Maternity Homes, Dispensaries and Health Posts by March 2020.

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