The 2014-15 Budget of the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon was finally tabled on Wednesday amidst unrest amongst ward councillors.
Of the overall budget, which is around Rs 889 crore, Rs 500 crore has been set aside solely for infrastructural projects like underpasses, flyovers, roads and bridges while Rs 70 crore has been earmarked for schemes for economically weaker sections (EWS).
However, Sunita Kataria, councillor of ward five, and other ward councillors stalled the Budget session for 30 minutes, demanding that Rs 35 crore of Rs 70 crore set for EWS be given to them so that it can be used according to the needs of the wards.
To tackle poor sanitation conditions in the city, around Rs 40 crore has been allocated to purchase sanitation equipment, including mechanical sweeping machines and biometric machines.
This too was met with disapproval by many ward councillors who stated that “a low sanitation budget shows that no fieldwork had been done by the civic authority to understand the ground reality”. “Setting aside a budget does not help. In an unplanned city like Gurgaon where open drains and sewage is a major problem. Officials need to do leg work to understand the situation,” a ward councillor said.
The MCG also made special provisions for purchasing fire safety machinery, as it had been dependent on private players for fire-tackling equipment. As per the Budget, Rs 22 crore has been earmarked for purchasing 101 mts of hydraulic platform. Rs five crore has further been set aside for natural disaster management programmes.
The house also passed proposals to construct a 50MLD sewage treatment plant (STP), improvement of storm water drains at Hero Honda chowk, construction of underground public toilets at various locations on BOT basis and installation of decentralised plants for waste disposal.
The commissioner also put forth a proposal to create more Citizen Facilitation Centres (CFC) in Gurgaon. After an approval from the House, three new CFCs will be constructed in New Gurgaon while two will be constructed in the old city. The city currently has only one CFC in the old area. CFCs are responsible for the tax payments, issuing birth and death certificate and marriage registrations.
Other expenses include administration salaries, management bills and technical expenses.