Thursday, February 26, 2009

BBMP budget promises a better Bangalore

BBMP budget promises a better Bangalore

Express News Service First Published : 26 Feb 2009 03:29:00 AM ISTLast Updated : 26 Feb 2009 08:25:26 AM IST
BANGALORE: The Bruhat Bangalore Mahangara Palike’s (BBMP) budget for the 2009-10, which was presented Wednesday, promised to make Bangalore a better place, with stress on better infrastructure.
The budget, presented by Commissioner Dr S Subramanya to administrator Dilip Rau, has set aside 44 per cent of the total outlay for enhancing infrastructure.
This is in addition to the maintenance and projects funded by the Union government under JNNURM.
The civic body, with a total budgetary outlay of Rs 4,238.41 crore, has proposed several welfare schemes, ward works, storm water drains and basic services for urban poor. It also proposed to construct skywalks, storm water drains, pedestrian sub-ways, rail overbridges and underbridges and develop roads.
Cleaner and greener environment is the focus of BBMP this year.
The budget has allocated Rs 1,525 crore for road development work.
For the first time, Rs 533 crore has been earmarked for the welfare sector.
Out of this, Rs 483 crore has been set aside for the welfare of SC/ST communities while Rs 50 crore is reserved for the backward communities.
A total of Rs 882.00 crore has been allocated for improving the condition of wards in the city. Under this, every ward will be entitled to Rs 6 crore for carrying out maintenance works.
While solid waste management has been allocated Rs 2,449.58 crore, Rs 200 crore has been earmarked for the development of storm water drains, Rs 82 crore for education and sports and Rs 292.11 crore for the health sector.
The department of horticulture has been allocated Rs 148.49 crore, Rs 90.19 crore more than last year’s allocation.
As against the budgetary estimates of Rs 2,842.48 crore and Rs 2,918.71 crore, the revised estimates for receipts and expenditure for the year 2008-09 work out to Rs 2,748.68 crore and Rs 2,806.57 crore respectively.
Overall, there has been a shortfall of Rs 242 crore with regard to the tax revenues for the year 2008-09. Non-tax revenues have also decreased marginally by Rs 233 crore as against the target of Rs 542.04 crore during the previous year mainly because of recession.
The total anticipated revenue expenditure is Rs 1,808.14 crore and capital expenditure is Rs 2,438.22 crore. BBMP proposes a total outlay of Rs 4,246.35 crore during 2009-10 and capital investments account for Rs 2,438.21 of this outlay. Salaries and administrative expenses amount to Rs 499.68 crore.


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