Unlike previous years,the budget of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation for 2010-11 is dedicated to meet the Fifty Golden Goals target of creating major infrastructure schemes to project Ahmedabad as a mega city.
The budget will also have provisions for welfare of the urban poor in the areas of health,housing,social uplift,greening and extension of services to newly merged areas in the city,said municipal commissioner I P Gautam.
Moreover,the AMC is committed to achieving a slum-free,healthy and resourceful city,said Gautam during the two-day session to discuss the municipal general board.
Post-octroi era,the AMC has become more dependent on the state government financially and it hopes to get a special grant of Rs 250 crore for various welfare schemes and heritage projects. Gautam promised to complete the ongoing projects within the stipulated time.
Standing Committee chairman Asit Vora praised Gautam for his committed approach towards safeguarding overall interest of the civic body on every occasion.
Vora said the civic body was focused on completing the projects in the pipeline instead of making new announcements.
Opposition leader Surendra Baxi,former Mayor Himmatsinh Patel,senior councillors Hasan Khan Pathan,Taufiq Khan,Bhanuben Makwana and Vinod Modi were among those who pointed out the shortcomings in the budget. Baxi said the AMCs move to force staff to attend Garib Kalyan Melas was not proper.
Patel pointed out that a mere commitment would not work,and a time-bound programme was required to implement the budget proposals. He said priorities must be fixed to address the core issues instead of going for cosmetic approaches in a sketchy manner.
Mayor Kanaji Thakor described the Kankaria Lake Front project as a gift to the city from Chief Minister Narnedra Modi.
He said Ahmedabads progress would be a lesson for other cities. Thakor thanked Modi,Revenue Minister Anandiben Patel and Rajya Sabha member Surendra Patel for their guidance.
Budgets of the AMC,M J Library,V S Hospital,Municipal School Board and AMTS were passed with majority vote.