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The MCD approved the budget for the next financial year during a battle between the Aam Aadmi Party and the BJP over the election of the mayor, deputy mayor and standing committee members.
The budget presented by the Corporation Commissioner is approved by the Special Officer. MCD has decided next year to pay extra attention to education, cleanliness, greenery and health services in addition to solving the waste problem. However, to loosen the pockets of the general public, the property tax credit has been reduced on June 30. MCD now gives a 10 percent discount instead of 15.
The MCD gave the green light to the budget at the presentation of the national budget in the House of Representatives on Wednesday. The special thing is that the officials are completely silent about the passing of the budget. The councilors of Aam Aadmi Party and BJP have no information about this. It is mandatory to pass the MCD budget before 15 February in the House of Representatives. This time, due to the non-existence of the Chamber, the Commissioner has had the budget approved by the Special Officer and now the Chamber will not be able to change the budget proposals. MCD will spend about 17,000 crores next year while having an estimated income of 16,000 crores. The loss of thousand crore rupees will be compensated this year by saving.
Most of it will be spent on the cleaning system. The MCD has set a goal to spend about 25% on cleanliness. About 18% will be spent on education and 10% on health services. Similarly, 11% will also be spent on road construction, streets, street lighting etc.
Highlights of the budget
MCD has declared 49 colonies and group housing companies as zero waste colonies and 35 colonies and group housing companies as green friends towards zero waste. These colonies receive a 5% reduction in property taxes.
All schools are being converted into smart schools. All classrooms will be equipped with interactive panels and whiteboards. The campuses of all schools will be equipped with CCTV cameras, solar panels, a rainwater harvesting system and infrastructure facilities suitable for the disabled. All schools will be equipped with modern and digital libraries. Play areas will be developed. Cycles will be provided to deserving students.
500 at Bank Street Karol Bagh, 1836 at Punjabi Bagh Club Road Bharat Darshan Park and Idgah Road, 577 at Shastri Park Karol Bagh, 464 at Rajendra Nagar, 381 at Pusa Link Parking, 580 at Madipur Metro Station, 350 at RG Complex Paharganj, Parking will be made for 176 cars at Old MCD Zonal Office, SP Zone, 238 in GK-2 Market.
The work to remove the waste at Okhla and Bhalswa landfill will be completed by December this year and the work to eliminate the waste heap at Ghazipur landfill will be completed by December 2024. A technical dump will be constructed near Tehkhand and Okhla. A sewage treatment plant is set up to use the drain water.
A green space and herb park will be developed in Kondli. Jerrycap Garden will be developed near Deshbandhu Apartment. Pots with 150,000 plants are purchased in view of the G-20 summit. To facilitate dust management and waste management, 16 STPs with a capacity of 50 KLD will be installed along the pipeline in the parks.