MNS spokesperson Sandeep Deshpande has criticised BMC commissioner Ajoy Mehta over the recently announced municipal budget. The commissioner has cut down civic spending, which will affect the ongoing city projects, alleged Deshpande. He added that deputy commissioner and ward officers should look after other jobs after laying off the civic employees.
Deshpande said that though BMC commissioner laid out a transparent budget, it is still a failure as capital expenditure has been cut down as well as revenue costs. “In future, GST and service tax will be levied which will not promise good returns. Even that will close down in next five years. BMC has failed to generate revenue on the basis of property tax and octroi tax. In last year, Rs. 4,600 crores were earned through property tax but this year only Rs. 3,600 crores were earned. The investigation should be done the same,” said Deshpande.
Shiv Sena and BJP has given false assurances of abolishing property tax as it cannot be done without the permission of the state and same is applicable for road tax.
Deshpande said that instead of the additional commissioner, the separate commissioner should be appointed for city and suburbs. Suburban corporators will not have to come to BMC HQ, he pointed out.