The Dehu Road Cantonment Board will spend nearly Rs 44 crore in the current financial year on different administrative expenses as well as for repair works. The expenditure was recently approved at a budget meeting of the Cantonment Board which also decided not to take up any major fresh developmental works due to paucity of funds.
Officials said,Major chunk of the money will be spent on salaries and pension of employees. Some has also been allocated for administrative expenses such as payment of electricity bills,water bills and fuel charges of vehicles.
Nearly Rs 14 crore is being spent on pay and allowances while another Rs 3.63 crore will be spent on pension of the employees. The board also plans to spend Rs 3.3 crore on the repair of cantonment buildings and roads with nearly Rs 1.5 crore to be spent on repair of the drainage system.
The only major developmental work that is being taken up this year is construction of a vermicompost plant and effluent treatment facility of Rs 1.5 crore.
Officials said that the decisions on expenditures were taken up by the Cantonment Board in a meeting in August presided over by Brigadier V P Shahi,president of the board. Chief executive officer,Meenakshi Shaktawat,was also attended.
Office superintendent,N M Mahajani,said that the revised budget of Rs 44 crore for the current financial year was approved by the Cantonment Board and it is awaiting a sanction from the Defence Ministry. He said that the Cantonment Board through its own income from octroi,transit fee and vehicle entry fee and revenue collected as water charges and hospital charges will be able to fund the expenses.
Officials said a revenue of Rs 16.5 crore will come from octroi.
The board,out of the anticipated budget,will also spend on setting up of streetlights and purchase of medical items. In the budget,the cantonment board has also earmarked Rs 10 lakh on scanning and digitalisation of records and another Rs 20 lakh on survey of cantonment land to carry out its demarcation.