Kukreja presents ‘Green Revolution’ Budget

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Jun 2018 10:58:32


Special Correspondent


No hike in present tax structure

■ Total budget is of Rs 2946 crore ■

WITH an aim to make Nagpur a pollution free city, Virendra Kukreja, Standing Committee Chairman of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC),presented a ‘Green Revolution’budget before the general body on Monday.The budget emphasises the need to developeco-friendly system in the city to reduce pollution. While no new taxes or hike in taxes have been proposed, the budget has increased revenue target by around Rs 900 crore.

Kukreja presented first copy of the budget to Mayor Nanda Jichkar and then Municipal Commissioner Virendra Singh before delivering his speech. He has expected revenue worth Rs 2,946 crore and expenditure of Rs 2,945 crore.The budget has increased revenue target from the budget presented by then Commissioner Ashwin Mudgal. Discussion on budget will be held on June 14 at 11 am at Town Hall. In his one hour speech, Kukreja said, in view of global warming, it was necessary to maintainec o logical balance of the city to maintain greenery. 

 “We are running buses on ethanol and also supplying treated sewage water to thermal power plant for power generation.The civic body is using briquette for crematoria. NMC is also implementing uninterrupted water supply system, providing e-rickshaws to Divyang,supplying solar water heater on subsidised rates, replacement of traditional lights with LED.We have proposed plantation on cement roads and other work to make city more green and pollution free,” he said. 

Kukreja has allocated Rs 8 crore for development of new gardens named after Pt Deendayal Upadhyay, Dayanand Park and Amar Shahid Sant Kanwarram. The committee has proposed Rs two lakh extra for every woman corporator to increase green cover in her prabhag.The total budget from the increasing greencover is around Rs 7.50 crore.

More revenue from property tax

THE civic body is expecting revenue worth Rs 501 crore from property tax and Rs 75 crore from Local Body Tax (LBT). NMC will receive Rs 765 crore as financial assistance from State Government under Goods and Services Tax (GST) and other sources. The administration will emphasise on water supply through metering in the city and may generate Rs 180 crore from water tariff. Kukreja has suggested digitisation of documents of market department.

The civic body will prepare property card of all its land in the city. He hoped that the Town Planning Department will also generate handsome income from compounding of illegal constructions as well as from Transit Oriented Development (TOD) along the corridor of Nagpur Metro Rail.

Civic body will avail loan of Rs 284 crore for completing various developmental works. It is also expecting grants of Rs 412 crore from different sources like government’s grant, AMRUT Scheme, cement concrete roads and others. Kukreja did not propose any new work in the budget. “I have to complete all on going work proposed by my predecessor chairman,” he reasoned.

Special provisions for North Nagpur

KUKREJA, who represents North Nagpur,has given special emphasi sonal location of budget for the area.He has suggested widening of Itarsi Railway Bridge and strengthening of Panchpaoli Flyover.

A flyover to connect Ashok Square with Kamal Square is also proposed by the Central Government. “We will try to start the work of this flyover in this year. A flyover is also proposed from CMPDI road to Omkar Nagar,”hesaid.A shopping complex at Kamal square has also been proposed.

Development of sports facilities

NMC has proposed creation and development of sports facilities at various sports grounds in Nagpur. Recently, Union Minister for Road Transport Nitin Gadkari had asked to provide facilities for sports persons at city grounds so that maximum players would reach the state and national level. Development of new playgrounds at Hanuman Nagar, Shankar Nagar, Darshan Colony, Jalalpura,New Shukrawari,Surya Nagar, Ram Nagar, Pawanbhoomi, Bajaj Nagar, and Umrer road have been proposed in the budget. “We will carry forward the development works initiated by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari in the city,”he said. Mayor Nanda Jichkar, while appreciating the budget, hoped that the local body would execute works for development of the city. Several citizens of North Nagpur area, specially from Jaripatka, were also present in the viewers’ gallery. MLA Dr. Milind Mane, Pratap Motwani and Dr Vinky Rughwani also appreciated the budget.