Bengaluru: The focus of the 2018-19 BBMP budget is social welfare schemes, efficient administration, women empowerment, self-employment, financial security and healthy environment, said Hemalatha Gopalaiah, Chairperson, Standing Committee for Taxation and Finance, while presenting the budget at the BBMP Council on Monday. New burial grounds and crematoriums will be built in four directions of the city at a cost of Rs 40 crore. One crore each is set aside for the maintenance of community halls and tailoring centres.
Budget has set aside Rs 125 crore for the IT-BT corridor for the overall development of IT hubs. To reduce traffic congestion on Tumakuru Road, an underpass at a cost of Rs 125 crore will be built. Additional loops on K.R. Puram and Hebbal flyovers have also been planned to improve traffic flow in these areas.
To regularise parking in the city, parking rules will be framed to park 10,000 vehicles on 87 selected smart parking systems, Ms Hemalatha said.
Large-scale tree plantation drives will be taken up to improve the green cover at a cost of Rs 5 crore. Another Rs 2 crore has been allocated for tree census.
A statue of the late Shivakumar Swamiji will be built at a cost of Rs 5 crore on Tumakuru Road.
The civic body aims to collect Rs 3,500 crore in property tax this year, by stressing on total station survey. Last year, the Palike aimed Rs 3,200 crore, but has so far collected only Rs 2,400 crore. For solid waste management, Rs 750 crore has been allocated.
Rs 2.5 crore will be provided for celebrating Samskrithika Habba, Jayamahal Dasara Habba, Kadalekayi Parishe, Karaganda and Janapada Samskrithika Habba.