Municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta has finally shown readiness to allot Rs 350 crore to the BMC standing committee. As per sources, the Shiv Sena is trying to divert this amount towards its corporators and the BJP is likely to get less chunk of this amount though party’s number of corporators has increased this time. The BJP is unlikely to get more than Rs 30 crore from this fund.
The BMC commissioner had presented the annual civic budget of Rs 25,141 crore for the year 2017-18 to standing committee chairman Ramesh Korgaonkar. The standing committee is discussing proposals in this budget and many corporators have given their suggestions on this year’s budget. The standing committee has the right to distribute the fund approved by the BMC commissioner among corporators. Korgaonkar had postponed the meeting till May 3 as Mehta had not given his assent to divert the fund towards the standing committee.
On this backdrop, Mehta has reportedly approved the allotment of Rs 350 crore to the standing committee. The allotted fund will be sanctioned for various developmental works of corporators and Shiv Sena is likely to dominate the disbursement to fulfil its poll promises.
The municipal commissioner had not made provision of Rs 17 crore for the development works. With the substantial allotment to the standing committee, the corporators are likely to get Rs 1 crore for carrying out development works in their wards. The Shiv Sena is likely to bag the biggest chunk of this fund, around Rs 70 to Rs 80 crore. Last time, Sena had got fund of Rs 116 crore and it is likely to get less amount this time.
The BJP, on the other hand, had got funds of Rs 36 crore on the basis of its 29 corporators last time. Though party’s strength has reached 84 this time, the Sena seems to be in no mood to provide development fund of Rs 30 crore to the BJP.
The other parties which are likely to get the fund include Congress Party (Rs 9-10 crore); Samajwadi party (Rs 2-3 crore); MNS (Rs 2-3 crore), and NCP (Rs 3.5 to 4 crore).