Last year targets not met,MC set to present Rs 652 cr budget for next

The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation is all set to present a budget worth Rs 652.55 crore for the coming financial year 2009-10 in its budget meeting on February 28.

Written by Raakhi Jagga | Ludhiana | Published:February 27, 2009 3:22 am

The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation is all set to present a budget worth Rs 652.55 crore for the coming financial year 2009-10 in its budget meeting on February 28.

According to the proposal,the civic body plans to spend Rs 484.67 crore on the development of the city,which constitutes a total of 74.28 per cent of the proposed budget. Moreover,Rs 149.98 crore will be spent on establishments and Rs 17.90 crore on contingency expenses.

The targets,however,seem to be a little too high for the MC. In the current financial year,the civic body has failed to earn according to its target and spent more than it was ought to. Going by the proposed targets of the last budget meeting,the MC has failed to perform in many sectors.

On the income front,the MC had fixed a target of Rs 422.19 crore while it earned only Rs 206.59 crore till December 2008. For the last quarter,its expected income according to the budget file will not be more than Rs 81 crore. The total income will thus come to Rs 287 crore. And despite the poor show,the authorities have projected an earning of Rs 508.45 crore in the coming financial year.

And while the earnings have disappointed,expenditure has touched the sky. While the MC’s target in the contingency sector in all the departments was Rs 14.98 crore,the expenditure comes at about Rs 15.80 crore. Instructions,this year,have been given to curtail in-house expenses.

The MC also failed to spend the proposed amount on development works of water supply,sewer and tubewells. Accordind to the proposal,Rs 48.12 crore was proposed for these sectors but authorities have spent only Rs 11.83 crore till December. The Budget was revised to Rs 18 crore,so the authorities will now have to spend Rs 6.4 crore by the end of this financial year.

Moreover,Rs 60 lakh proposed for the Buddha Nallah could also not be put to use even as the drain lies choked at many points.

The Budget meeting has been preponed by a month this year keeping in view the ensuing Lok Sabha elections. A few Congress councillors,meanwhile,said they were not given the copies of the budget,which according to the rules should be given 72 hours before the meeting.

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