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Covid second wave: PMC decides not to spend on new civic works

The civic administration has been asked to spend money only on maintenance and repair of the existing civic infrastructure in the city, the officer added.

By: Express News Service | Pune |
Updated: April 22, 2021 7:13:39 pm
The PMC's plans to take up new infrastructure projects in the city were badly impacted last year after the outbreak of Covid-19 and the municipal commissioner Vikram Kumar had put restrictions on taking up new development work. (Express Photo by Pavan Khengre)

The infrastructure work in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has taken a hit as the surge of Covid-19 cases continues to grip the city in the second wave.

Municipal Commissioner Vikram Kumar has directed his officials that no spending would be allowed for new civic works for the moment owing to the pandemic’s impact.

The plans of the PMC to take up new infrastructure projects in the city were disrupted last year after the pandemic began. Kumar had put restrictions on initiation of new development work.

The state had also directed all civic bodies not to take up any new infrastructure projects due to reduced revenue collection and increased spending to establish health facilities to contain the pathogen’s spread.

The civic administration had constituted a finance committee to decide on each proposal of civic works in the city. Following the go ahead of the committee, process for the new works was initiated. However, the municipal commissioner had discontinued the finance committee at the end of the financial year. The same was reconstituted after the city started witnessing a surge of Covid-19 cases.

“The municipal commissioner has directed all the civic departments not to take up any new development work but allowed spending of 50 percent of the budgetary allocation for the ongoing projects,” said a civic officer.

Each proposal of the infrastructure projects would have to get the finance committee’s nod, he said, adding that the head of various civic departments have been warned of action if the order is violated.

The civic administration has been asked to spend money only on maintenance and repair of the existing civic infrastructure in the city, the officer added.

The finance committee reviews the financial situation of the city body based on the revenue collection and decides strategy on its spending for very important civic work.

At present, the PMC is engaged in scaling up health infrastructure in the city to deal with the pandemic. It has recently decided to spend Rs 350 crore for Covid-related work in the city.

The PMC has a budget estimate of Rs 8,370 crore for 2021-22, including Rs 4,035 crore as capital expenditure for civic infrastructure projects.

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