BMC hopes funding projects from Central

By Accommodation Times News Service

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation is planning to seek around Rs 73,000crore from the Centre to fund several development work been done over a decade. The civic body which has an annual budget of Rs 27,000crore is preparing a report called- City Development Plan that has many civic infrastructure projects it intends to undertake from 2015 to 2025 and the estimated funds needed for them. The report will be sent for approval to the Maharashtra government at the end of month.

A majority of the projects listed in the report fall under the heads of water supply, roads and bridges, and sewage treatment and disposal. A majority of the projects listed in the report fall under the heads of water supply, roads and bridges, and sewage treatment and disposal.

Too many municipal corporations around the country are now seeking funding under the Centre’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, which the BMC used to rely on. Secondly, if snubbed, the BMC will be left staring at a deficit of Rs 8,000 crore in its G budget (for water and sewage department). The corporation needs to improve Mumbai’s water supply and sewage networks by undertaking projects that, officials said, are bound to cost far more than the modest revenue these civic departments generate by way of tax.

Officials pointed out that while the BMC has the largest annual budget of all municipal bodies in the country, 60% of it is spent on establishment and administrative expenses or in other words on paying salaries and wages of civic employees. Of the remaining funds, most is used up in operation and maintenance of projects. Whatever is left after that is too little to finance large-scale projects.

“We have included the details of all our projects in the report, which is in the final stages of approval. We plan to send it to all ministries from where funding can come,” said a senior civic official.

The BMC wants to tap ministries this time that it did not approach in the past, including the ministry of housing and urban poverty alleviation, which provides funds for rehabilitation schemes. Officials said health and disaster mitigation are other areas where they expect substantial Central funds.





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