Municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta has presented NBMC’s annual budget for the year 2017-18 to the Standing Committee but it is still awaiting a green signal from the committee. Following the tradition, the budget was to be cleared on Tuesday but the committee has decided to wait till May 3 as municipal commissioner has not shown readiness to divert Rs 500 crore to the Standing committee. The BMC leaders are making efforts to convince Mehta to divert this fund.
Mehta had submitted BMC budget of Rs 25,141 crore to standing committee chairman Ramesh Korgaonkar. The discussion on the budget is underway in the standing committee and many corporators have given some suggestions on this budget. The standing committee holds the right to make changes in the budget as per the funds allotted to the committee.
Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar and House leader Yashwant Jadhav have demanded Rs 500 crore for the standing committee but the municipal commissioner has reportedly rejected their demand. Mehta had shown readiness to discuss the issue on Tuesday but he rushed to the Mantralaya when it was to be discussed in the standing committee. Hence, committee chairman has again convened a meeting on May 3 to get BMC budget passed. Mehta had approved the diversion of Rs 400 crore for the standing committee in 2016-17.
This time, the BMC commissioner has made a provision of Rs 210 crore and Rs 100 crore fund was provided to the Mayor. Municipal commissioner has decided not to allocate funds for the Mayor and standing committee as this year’s budget was curtailed by Rs 11,900 crore. This is likely to affect developmental works to be carried out as per the plans of the ruling party.