The Finance and Contract Committee of Municipal Corporation in its meeting held on Thursday approved the budget estimates of Rs 467.69 crore under Plan Head and Rs 345.09 crore under the Non Plan Head for the financial year 2012-13. The budget proposals will be taken up in the meeting of the General House to be held on February 29.
The members of the committee had a detailed discussion of sanitation in the city. The issue of dumping ground as well as the Garbage Processing Plant were taken up for discussion. It was proposed that the city should be divided into five zones and 75 sweepers per zone would be provided. Door-to-door collection of garbage would also be introduced.
Having a vehicle to check construction waste,online registration of births and deaths and converting open spaces into green zones were some of the other proposals that were discussed. It was proposed that fountains costing more than Rs 15 lakh would not be installed anywhere,but in Sector 17. The members opined that tertiary-treated water may be provided in all schools and colleges. Special focus would be on primary schools and dispensaries.
Councillor Subhash Chawla,meanwhile said that the focus this year will be on sanitation and increasing the green cover. A discussion was also held on the unutilised funds of the civic body. The Municipal Corporation had spent less than 50 per cent of the budget that had been approved for the last financial year.
Councillor Rajesh Gupta raised the issue of councillors not being involved in the process of preparation of the budget. He said that since the proposals concern their areas,they should have been asked if anything specific was required.
To execute the proposed plan schemes,the budgetary support in the shape of Rs 439.99 crore grant is anticipated from the Chandigarh Administration during 2012-13. The civic body has however not suggested any new means of creating income.