In Gurgaon Corporation’s Budget, Development Is Top Priority
The Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) has proposed a Budget of Rs 1,884 crore for the financial year 2018-19. While the Noida Authority was seen trimming its Budget this year, the spending of the MCG increased 30 per cent when compared to its previous Budget. Last year, the Budget allocated stood at Rs 1,425 crore. Of the chunk, Rs 1,230 crore has been allocated to environmental works. This includes construction of physical and civic facilities such as roads, bridges, drains, health and sports.
While Rs 400 crore of the Budget has been reserved for roads-and-bridges-related development, Rs 50 crore has been allocated for waste management. Another Rs 225 crore goes to development and maintenance of assets such as flyovers, water supply and storm water. According to media reports, a medical college in Sector 102 may be coming up at a cost of Rs 100 crore.
The MCG expects an income of Rs 2,290 crore from property tax and stamp duty this year, which is 43 per cent higher than last year’s. There have been some disagreements and debates around this Budget. Some councillors felt that the income expected may be way too high.
“The officials have sold us a dream when the city lacks basic amenities. The Budget doesn’t provide for amenities for residents in my ward,” Madhu Batra, councillor for Ward 16, was quoted saying by Hindustan Times.