The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) administration will table its draft budget for 2016-17 on Monday. However, the development funds for the corporators are likely to be cut for the next financial year to better manage the finances of the civic body.
“The PMC has a tough road in planning the finances for the next financial year. There are projects under smart city to be implemented alongwith the ambitious project of 24-by-7 water supply, metro rail project,” said a civic officer.
The PMC will have to explore new revenue sources and at the same time cut down the expenditure of other schemes, he said, adding, “It is likely that development funds of corporators would be reduced. The administration is also reconsidering the implementation of certain schemes that has lot of expenditure.” The corporators have been using the development funds in purchasing steel benches, waste-collecting buckets, cotton bags for distribution among citizens.
MNS leader Vasant More said they have learnt that the civic administration is reducing the development funds meant for the corporators at least by 20 per cent. “This is improper on part of the administration to cut the development funds for corporators which are spent in their respective areas. They have been unable to bring a check on the expenditure by civic departments for various purpose,” he said.
Congress leader said the civic administration was diverting this year’s development funds of corporators to meet the expenditure on work undertaken by civic departments. “The corporators have to suffer due to poor planning of the civic administration,” he added.
Going by the inputs from civic officers, the administration is planning to bring in a concept of ward level budgetary planning for the next financial year. “The PMC has carried out a survey of each electoral ward for its development status and civic amenities. An index has been prepared to rank the ward areas and accordingly allot funding for the same to ensure equal development of the entire city,” said civic officer.
However, the civic administration draft budget is based on the revenue collection target from proposed hike in property tax and water charges. “The tax hike proposal would only enable the PMC administration to implement its projects as planned,” he added.