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Friday , March 28 , 2014
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Welcome, arches & amenities for women

- Sights set on additional revenue from advertisements, civic body tables surplus budget

The civic body on Thursday passed a surplus budget of Rs 60,014 after six years, having provisions for development of basic amenities for women and collection of garbage from households and roadsides.

The estimated revenue has been pegged at Rs 4,73,31,80,821, including Rs 1,58,38,13,077 available as opening balance. The expected expenditure has been pegged at Rs 4,73,31,20,807.

In the absence of mayor Afzal Imam and few other members of Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC)’s empowered standing committee, including councillor Abha Lata, deputy mayor Rup Narain Mehta presented the budget. Check out how you benefit:

Waste watch

Funds: Rs 34.82 crore

Reality check: Ministry of urban development in 2007 had cleared the funds for solid waste works but no firm has been selected as of now

Water supply

Funds: Rs 35.75 crore

Reality check: “It is a waste spending money on the existing water supply system as it is very old and damaged,” said Abha Lata, the councillor of ward number 4

For her

Funds: Rs 45 lakh for women’s basic amenities

Reality check: “Even the PMC offices do not have separate lavatories for women. These funds would be utilised for such purposes also,” said PMC commissioner Kuldip Narayan


Funds: Rs 1.5 crore for manhole covers

Reality check: “At times, funds are not released on time,” said Vinay Kumar “Pappu”, the former deputy mayor

Ward development

Funds: Rs 14.4 crore

Reality check: “We plan to introduce ward- or circle-level approval to small schemes to avoid wastage of time,” said Narayan.

Illuminated streets

Funds: Rs 6.48 crore

Reality check: One of the recent audits in PMC found that there are no records available with the PMC on the number of electric poles, triggering posers on what basis it was decided that exactly 50 CFL streetlights have to be installed in every ward

Statutory warning

Similar big promises were made in the budget for this financial year but few of them were fulfilled. For instance, allocation of Rs 4 crore for augmenting the traffic system was made but not a single penny has been spent till date. The allocation under the respective head has been increased to Rs 5 crore for the upcoming fiscal.

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