PCMC budget emphasizes 24×7 water supply project
Pimpri Chinchwad municipal commissioner Shrikar Pardeshi presented a draft budget of Rs 3,248.14 crore for 2013-14 on Thursday. Substantial provisions for 24×7 water supply, Pavana river development project and a plan for promoting tourism are the highlights of the budget. Pardeshi has announced several citizen-friendly projects, including development of citizen facilitation centres and provision for ward-specific works.
The budgetary outlay includes provision for JNNURM projects. Pardeshi, who presented the budget to standing committee chairman Jagdish Shetty, said some of the special features this year include creation of a model ward in Nigdi-Pradhikaran zone, construction of an open air auditorium on the lines of the Ganesh Kala Krida Manch, a central city library and construction of a new auditorium in Akurdi.
The 24×7 water supply scheme will, initially, cover 40% of the area and the project is expected to be completed in the next three years. A detailed project report will be prepared for the work. Pimpri-Chinchwad is developing into a new city for which a tourism plan has been envisaged. For the benefit of citizens, the municipal corporation plans to provide citizens’ facilitation centres where they will get municipal services as well as services pertaining to regional transport office, state transport, Life Insurance Corporation, BSNL, MSEDCL and police department. Municipal ward centres will be constructed in each ward. A provision of over Rs 71 crore each has been set aside for the four zones for implementation of ward-level works.
The civic administration has made a provision of Rs 38 crore for Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited. The provision was made as per the decision taken at a meeting convened by deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar in Mumbai last month. Pawar had directed both Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad municipal corporations to make a provision of 2% of the total budgetary outlay.
Octroi will be replaced by local body tax from April this year. About 60% of the total revenue is expected to come from this tax. The remaining revenue will be generated by way of civic taxes, government grants, and interest amount on investments.