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Rs 304.25 crore budget for RMC, focus on Amrut

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The New Indian Express           08.04.2017  

Rs 304.25 crore budget for RMC, focus on Amrut

Budget session of Rajamahendravaram Municipal Corporation on Friday | Express

RAJAHMAHENDRAVARAM : The Rajahmahendravaram Municipal Corporation (RMC) here on Friday presented `304.25 crore worth budget for the 2017-18 financial year.

However, the Opposition party found fault with the Mayor for manipulating the figures. On the occasion, City Rural MLA Gorantla Butchaiah Chowdary appealed to the council members to focus on development activities by keeping politics aside, as power is not permanent.

Mayor Pantham Rajani Sesha Sai claimed that the city was moving with rapid development works on a war footing. Because of Godavari Pushkarams and the Centre’s AMRUT scheme, the RMC was sanctioned sufficient funds. The AMRUT scheme will be mainly focusing on drinking water facility and beautification.

Municipal Commissioner V Vijayarama Raju explained that the budget estimates this year is `30 crore less than that of previous year only since there were separate schemes like Building Regulation Scheme last year.

The civic body collected property tax of `35 crore this year. The RMC is estimating grants worth `119.65 crore for 2017-18 though Urban Health Centre grants, MPLADS, Special Development Fund, maintenance special grants for internal roads and drains works, SC,ST Sub-Plan, AMRUT grants, etc.

However, the Opposition members alleged that the figures shown in the budget estimates were incorrect and demanded the Mayor to explain on what basis and how the budget figures were estimated.

Addressing the Council, Rural MLA Gorantla Butchaiah Chowdary stated that property tax collections were satisfactory and felt the need to focus on advertisement and entertainment taxes for improving revenue. He requested the council members cutting across the party lines to focus on development and expressed doubt over him contesting in the next general elections.


Masula civic body approves budget

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The Hindu       31.03.2017 

Masula civic body approves budget

YSRC councillors pick holes in proposals

The Machilipatnam Municipal Council on Thursday approved the draft budget with an outlay of Rs. 168 crore for the financial year 2017-18.

The budget estimates were proposed by Chairman M. Baba Prasad, while the YSRC councillors picked holes in the preparation of the proposals, highlighting repetition of allocation for street lighting system and drinking water supply.

The council approved the budget proposals amid heated arguments between the councillors of the YSRC and the ruling party.

It was proposed in the budget to allocate Rs. 140 crore for development work including creation of additional road infrastructure and maintenance of drainage system.

An estimated Rs. 48 crore will be spent on drinking water supply and modernisation of the drainage system.

While Rs. 39 crore was allocated for the Machilipatnam municipality under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), Rs. 6.28 crore will be spent on the development of parks, construction of the municipality building and interconnection of drinking water pipelines.

A total of Rs. 1.8 crore will be spent on the development of slum dwellings and Rs. 1.3 crore on education.

According to the budget estimates, the municipality will earn Rs. 4.43 crore from all kinds of taxes including the property tax.

Municipal Commissioner M. Jaswantha Rao and other officials were present.


Clean, green city by 2030

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The Hindu       30.03.2017 

Clean, green city by 2030

Deputy Mayor Varghese Kandamkulathy presenting the Corporation Budget.  

Rs. 100 crore for waste management in Thrissur Corporation Budget

The burning issue of waste management in the city topped the priority list of the Thrissur Corporation Budget presented on Wednesday.

‘Poverty-free, zero-waste, green and safe city by 2030’ was the slogan of the budget presented by Deputy Mayor Varghese Kandamkulathy. Mayor Ajitha Jayarajan presided over.

An amount of Rs. 100 crore was earmarked for waste management. Another Rs. 5 crore will be earmarked for making the city green.

Sports complex at Lalur

A sports complex at Lalur, which was the waste dump of the city, has found place in the budget. A decision in this regard had already been taken after discussions with the government recently.

A touch screen facility will be installed at the Corporation office to know the progress of the applications and complaints. Birth and death registrations will go online from May 1.

Paying of taxes will go online from October. A CCTV network will be installed at corporation offices.

While drinking water projects got Rs. 45 crore, renovation of bus stands received Rs. 66 crore. An amount of Rs. 10 crore is earmarked for developing Sakthan Nagar and Rs. 50 lakh for IT-based industries.

Various junctions, including Ikkanda Warrier, Aswani, Patturaikkal and Chembukkavu, will be developed. Flyovers will be constructed at Punkunnam, Peringavu, Ikkanda Warrier Junction, Fatima Nagar Junction, and Aswani Junction.

Subways envisaged

Subways will be constructed near Mission Hospital, Mother Hospital, Metro Hospital, and Thekke Gopura Nada. Foot overbridges will be built at Sakthan bus stand, North bus stand, St. Thomas College Road, and railway station road.

A new road will be constructed from Puzhakkal Sobha City to Mannuthy NH 47 Junction.

The overbridge at Divanji Corner will be completed in six months. There is a project for new bund road from Vanchikulam to Chettupuzha Bridge.

M.G. Road and Sankarayyar Road will be widened and parking facilities will be improved.

Projects will be planned to attract tourists. There will be schemes for the development of marginalised communities.

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