Monday, August 30, 2010

Just what do you want from BBMP's budget?

Just what do you want from BBMP's budget?

DNA brings you an experts' perspective on what the city needs

Hemanth Kumar Bangalore



Today's maiden budget of the BJP-ruled Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is expected to have all the ingredients to make you happy, mayor SK Nataraj has assured while dropping clear hints that top priority would be given to solving parking problems and improving civic amenities without an additional tax burden.
Sources in BBMP said the estimated Rs8,000 crore budget would focus on providing drinking water, improving underground drainage, constructing multi-storey parking complexes and laying tree parks instead of lawn parks to increase the city's air quality.
Chairman of standing committee on taxation and finance PN Sadashiva will present the first budget of a democratically elected civic council after a gap of nearly four years today amid a severe resource crunch.
The budget would usher in stringent measures to mobilise additional resources through a comprehensive advertisement policy for BBMP and an efficient property tax collection system. The Rs1 crore per ward as ward development fund is expected to be raised to Rs3 crore.

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