52% budget allocated to capex in the election year
Geetanjali Minhas | February 4, 2023 | Mumbai
Mumbai’s municipal commissioner and administrator Iqbal Singh Chahal on Saturday announced a Budget of Rs 52,619.07 crore for 2023-2024, an increase of 20.67% over a revised budget estimate of Rs 43607.10 crore for 2022-23.
The overall budget size has doubled in five years. In 2017-18, total expenditure was Rs 20,036.64 crore and the ratio of capital to revenue expenditure was 25:75.
Of the total Rs 52,619.07 crore, capex is pegged at 52 per cent with an allocation of Rs 27,247.08 crore and revenue expenditure is 48 percent (Rs 25,305.94 crore). This is for the first time in five years that capex has exceeded revenue expenditure.
It is also for the first time since 1985 that the administration of the country’s richest municipal body in the country presented the budget to Chahal, the state appointed administrator, as the five-year term of its corporators ended on March 7, 2022.
The BMC has allocated Rs 27,247.80 crore towards capital expenditure and Rs 25,305.94 crore towards revenue expenditure. Chahal, presenting his third budget as BMC commissioner, said that it is for the first time that the civic body is going to spend 52 per cent of the budget estimates on capital expenditure and 48 per cent on revenue expenditure.
Out of the total budget allocation, Rs 3,545 crore has been allocated for Coastal Road, Rs 2,825.06 crore for improvement of roads, Rs 2,100 crore for bridges (including demolition and reconstruction of ROB's and RUB's in BMC limit by MRIDCL) and Rs 1060 Cr allocation has been set aside for Goregaon-Mulund Link Road (GMLR).
Provision of Rs 2792 crore is made for sewerage treatment projects. Rs 2570.65 crore is provided for SWD (includes widening/training of Mithi river and other river/nalla system in Brihanmumbai Phase – II and III ₹654.44 crore), Rs 582.31 crore for Rejuvenation of rivers, Rs 200 crore for construction of Mogra, Mahul Pumping Station and Rs 366.50 crore has been set aside for SWM and SWM Project.
For primary education there is an outlay of Rs 3347.13 Cr and Rs 1125 crore has been allocated for Ashray Yojana.
The Mumbai Sewerage Disposal Project has been allocated Rs 3566.78 crore. Rs 1376 crore for the water supply project, Rs 780 crore is provided for hydraulic engineering, Rs 433 crore for water conveyance tunnels, Rs 364 crore for sewerage operation, Rs 350 crore for the new 2,000 MLD water treatment plant, Rs 300 crore for the sewerage improvement programme, Rs 200 crore allocation is made for the setting up of a 200 MLD desalination plant at Manori and Rs 32 crore is provisioned for an advance tertiary treatment plant (ATTP) at Colaba.
Rs 133.93 crore is budgeted for modernization and upgradation of Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Botanical Garden & Zoo and Rs 13.69 crore for modernization of the Deonar abattoir.
For health Rs 6309.38 crore (12% of total budget) has been provided and includes Rs 110 crore for redevelopment of Bhagwati Hospital, Rs 110 crore for construction of Centenary Hospital at Govandi, Rs 95 crore for expansion of M.T Agarwal Hospital, Rs 75 cr for proposed Construction of Centenary Hospital at Kandivali (W) and Rs 70 cr for redevelopment of Sion Hospital Premises.
Rs 60 crore is proposed for the Multi-Specialty BMC Hospital at Bhandup, Rs 53.60 crore for expansion of K. B. Bhabha Hospital at Bandra, and Rs 35 crore for development of plot bearing CTS no 11A/4 village Chandivali reserved for hospital at Sangharsha Nagar.
For construction of residential accommodation in the premises of Acworth Leprosy Hospital a provision of Rs 28 crore is made, for extension to Nair Dental College Rs 17.50 crore is allocated, for redevelopment of Siddhartha / Murali Deora Eye Hospital Kamathipura E ward (Rs 12 crore), repairs/reconstruction of Oshiwara Maternity Home, Rs 9.50 crore, upgradation of Plasma Centre in KEM Hospital (Rs 7 crore), construction of Medical College Building at R.N.Cooper Hospital (Rs 5 crore), construction of Tata Compound Hostel Building and Hajji Ali Hostel (Rs 2 crore), construction of Proton Therapy Cancer Hospital in K.E.M Hospital (Rs 1 crore).
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