The Hindu 25.03.2017
MCC budget: Focus on roads, waste management
Civic body looks to launch works to keep Mysuru clean and green, even as roadworks get big allocation; total expenditure pegged at Rs. 864 cr.
The Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) budget for 2017-18 envisages a slew of development works to make the city pothole free, besides creating infrastructure for solid waste management.
Fresh efforts will be made to secure Mysuru’s status of as the ‘heritage city’, even as urban forestry programmes will be taken up in a big way to ensure that the city is not only clean but also green.
The budget, presented here on Friday, has projected revenue of Rs. 869.53 crore against expenditure of Rs. 864.83 crore. A total of Rs. 153.2 crore has been earmarked for road repair and other works. This divides into Rs. 126.5 crore for laying new roads and Rs. 26.70 crore for scientific repair and asphalting of roads and potholes.
The budget, which was presented by K.V. Mallesh, chairman of the MCC Committee on Taxation, Finance and Appeals, has set aside Rs. 72.11 crore for solid waste management, for which new infrastructure will be established. A detailed project report has been finalised and Rs. 53.7 crore has been earmarked for establishing two new facilities.
While a new facility to handle 150 tonnes of solid waste a day will come up at Rayanakere, another with a capacity of 200 tonnes will be established at Kesare. Besides, the capacity of the existing solid waste treatment plant at Vidyaranyapuram will be raised. The DPR has already been submitted to the Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development and Finance Corporation for approval. At present, the city generates nearly 402 tonnes of waste a day, of which 145 tonnes is being dumped in landfills. The new facilities are expected to take care of this waste.
The revenue by way of property tax has been pegged at Rs. 175.12 crore, down from nearly Rs. 200 crore projected in the last year’s budget. But by the end of December 2016, the MCC had realised only Rs. 84.67 crore.
As part of urban greening and forestry, the civic body has held talks with the Forest Department and will hand over 400 lawns and parks in its jurisdiction to the latter. The allocation for urban greenery and park development through the department is Rs. 20.87 crore.
To restore lakes that are not fed by canals or rivers, Rs. 20 crore has been set aside to create rainwater harvesting systems to replenish the lakes in the low-lying areas.