Against the backdrop of the Prime Minister’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, the BJP-led South Delhi Municipal Corporation has estimated its highest expenditure on sanitation — Rs 898 crore — under its revised budget estimates for the current financial year. While sanitation is the primary function of the civic body, the second highest budget allocation has been given to education.
This is the highest expenditure by the civic body on sanitation and education in recent years, despite a revenue target revision from the proposed Rs 4,079 crore to Rs 3,796 crore.
The proposed budget estimates for the financial year 2016-17 stands at Rs 3,796.33 crore while the budget estimate for 2017-18 has been proposed at Rs 4,104.13 crore.
Meanwhile, officials said revenue collected from property tax has seen an increase of 4.5 per cent as compared to the previous year. There has also been a 1.21 per cent growth in the number of tax-payers till October 31 this year. The corporation has also proposed making tax-related payments online, the officials added.
SDMC Commissioner Puneet Goel said, “After the Prime Minister’s demonetisation announcement, stress has been laid on making payments online. In his ‘Mann ki Baat’, he spoke about a ‘cashless society’ and advised moving towards ‘e-wallets’. In line with that, from the next financial year, it is proposed that all property tax-related forms and payment would be accepted online only and payment in cash will not be accepted.”
He added that a new software will be introduced which will include previous dues and interest, if payable, at the time of calculation of property tax. For the next financial year, the commissioner has proposed construction of 63 new toilet blocks and renovation of 74 in its jurisdiction. A waste-to-energy plant at Badarpur and demolition waste plants at Badarpur and Tajpur Pahari are also in the pipeline, said Goel.