Bengaluru: The BBMP is making necessary preparations to present budget for the fiscal 2017-18 with major thrust on infrastructure development, focus on urban poor and improving the green cover. The BBMP is likely to place its budget with an outlay of Rs 12,000 crore.
BBMP Taxation and Finance (T&F) committee chairman M. K. Gunashekar told Deccan Chronicle that the BBMP Commissioner has already submitted a draft budget with an outlay of Rs 10,200 crore and the same will be reviewed by the members of the T&F committee with the heads of different departments.
In an attempt to make the budget process transparent and with people participation, suggestions and ideas have been invited from the public.
An App will be designed where public can download it and send their suggestions. If they are helpful to the BBMP and general public they will be incorporated in the budget, he said.
The major focus will be towards enhancing green cover in the city, fixing the drain networks and solving the festering garbage crisis.
The condition of most graveyards in the city is poor and around 60 graveyards have been identified and a detailed project report is being prepared to develop them. A special fund allocation will be made towards it. Several plans for improvement of condition of urban poor are in pipeline.
Gunashekar said the recent measures by the BBMP to increase property tax compliance among the public and plug revenue leakages from commercial properties would enhance the civic body's revenue collection.
The state government has provided satisfactory allocation to the civic body to take up development works like TenderSure and white topping. In addition, request will be made for allocation of funds to enable the BBMP to take up more citizen friendly projects. The BBMP budget will be presented within 10 days after the state budget is presented. Necessary preparations will be made to present a realistic budget, Gunashekar said.
Mayor orders clean up of drain
After repeated complaints from residents of anorayanapalya and students of Government Primary School over foul smell emanating from storm water drain passing through the area, BBMP Mayor G. Padmavathi on Friday made a surprise visit. The Mayor too found it difficult to cope with the stench. She immediately ordered to clean up the silt from the drain, which falls under the Vishwanatha Nagenahalli ward.
She further directed officials to clean up drain passing through temples, schools and places where people frequent.