BMC Budget updates: 97 women personnel to join Mumbai fire brigade, announces Ajoy Mehta

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BMC Budget updates: 97 women personnel to join Mumbai fire brigade, announces Ajoy Mehta
  • 16:13 (IST)

    Rs 590 crore on mastic and asphalt, Rs 434 crore on cement concrete roads

    The BMC will spend Rs 590 crore on mastic and asphalt roads and Rs 434 crore on cement concrete roads in 2018-19.

  • 16:06 (IST)

    BMC makes Rs 13 crore provision for working women's hostels.

    A provision of Rs 13 crore has been made for working women's hostels. According to the BMC,these hostels will help 175 working women.

  • 15:59 (IST)

    BMC to receive Rs 5,180 crore from water, sewage tax

    The civic chief is now detailing sources of revenue for the BMC. The BMC estimates that it will collect Rs 5,180 crore as tax on water and sewage, Ajoy Mehta said. 

  • 15:53 (IST)

    17,000 suits involving BMC pending

    About 17,000 suits involving the BMC are currently pending in courts in Mumbai, Ajoy Mehta has said.

  • 15:51 (IST)

    BMC to set up seven sewage treatment centres

    The BMC has set aside Rs 538 crore for setting up 7 sewage treatment centres. This is significant as a large amount of sewage is currently dumped into Mumbai's Mithi river, leading to its pollution.

  • 15:42 (IST)

    Rs 11.69 crore outlay for disaster management. 

    The BMC has allocated Rs 11.69 crore for disaster management in 2018-19.

  • 15:38 (IST)

    97 women to join Mumbai fire brigade

    "It gives me great pride to state that 97 female fire brigade officers have completed their training, and will join the service soon," BMC chief Ajoy Mehta said.

  • 15:22 (IST)

    BMC plans to use floating trash brooms to stop floating garbage from sea

    The Mumbai civic body plans to deploy floating trash brooms to stop floating garbage from the sea. These will be installed at Dahisar, Poisar, Oshiwara and the Mithi river. Ajoy Mehta said this will prevent beaches from being littered with garbage.

  • 15:17 (IST)

    BMC to set up sanitary napkin vending machines in schools

    The Mumbai civic body proposes to install 381 sanitary napkin vending machines in schools, BMC chief Ajoy Mehta announced.

  • 15:13 (IST)

    BMC to set up e-libraries on experimental basis.

    The BMC has proposed Rs 1 crore for setting up e-libraries, which will be started on an experimental basis.

  • 15:06 (IST)

    Rs 180 crore allocated for fire safety.

    The BMC has allocated a sum of Rs 180 crore for fire safety. This comes a month after the fire at the Kamala Mills compound in Lower Parel.

  • 15:01 (IST)

    Rs 61 crore for improving hospitals

    The BMC has announced a sum of 61 crore for providing medicines and equipment in civic-run hospitals in the suburbs. Civic chief Ajoy Mehta said that the objective of this is to reduce the burden on major hospitals. 

  • 14:55 (IST)

    Education sees greater outlay

    The BMC has allocated an amount of Rs 2569.35 crore for education in 2018-19. This is an increase of Rs 257 crore from the previous financial year.

  • 14:51 (IST)

    Rs 28 crore for LED lights

    The Mumbai civic body has announced a provision of Rs 28 crore for installing LED lights across the city.

  • 14:44 (IST)

    Rs 1,500 crore for coastal road

    The coastal road project, which is expected to significantly ease travel from south Mumbai to the northern suburbs, has been allocated a sum of Rs 1,500 crore in 2017-18. 

  • 14:40 (IST)

    BEST suffered losses of Rs 1043 crore in 2017-18

    The Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport ran losses of Rs 1043 crore, Ajoy Mehta announced.

  • 14:34 (IST)

    Rs 8,401 crore GST reimbursement from Centre, states

    The BMC is to receive aid as GST reimbursement from the Centre and state to the tune of Rs 8,401 crore.

  • 14:29 (IST)

    No tax increase announced

    Ajoy Mehta has not announced any tax increase in this year's budget.

  • 14:26 (IST)

    1.18 percent lower revenue expenses than last year

    The revenue expenses for 2017-18 were Rs 15,866 crore. This figure was 1.18 percent lower than financial year 2016-17

  • 14:17 (IST)

    First budget after GST rollout

    This is the first budget of India's richest civic body after the rollout of the Goods and Services Tax. This is crucial as octroi, which was abolished after GST came into force, was a major source of income for civic bodies.

  • 14:15 (IST)

    8.42 percent increase in budget

    The BMC has presented a budget of Rs 27,258 crore this year. This amounts to an increase of 8.42 percent from the previous financial year.

  • 14:11 (IST)

    BMC chief begins presentation of Budget

    BMC chief Ajoy Mehta has begun the presentation of the civic body's budget for 2018-19.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will present its Budget for the year 2018-19 on Friday, a day after finance minister Arun Jaitley presented the Union budget.

The BMC is unlikely to throw any surprises, civic sources told The Times of India.

Citizens are hoping that the BMC allocates funds wisely and utilises them completely, especially for roads department.

A senior civic official from roads department on Wednesday told The Free Press Journal that in this fiscal year, the civic body’s road budget is likely to be increased by Rs 100 crore.

File image of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). Wikimedia Commons

File image of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. Wikimedia Commons

The roads department budget for year 2017-18 was Rs 1,078 crore and prior year 2016-17 was Rs 2,886 crore, added The Free Press Journal.

According to Hindustan Times, this year’s budget is expected to focus on civic amenities and administrative reforms.

“The corporation earns a lot from property tax and electricity tariffs. It also gets state funds. So, it should be able to afford all the amenities it promises,” Hansel D’souza of Juhu Citizens’ Welfare Group was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.

The total size of the 2017-18 Budget was Rs. 25, 141 crore, significantly lesser compared to previous year's financial budget, which was Rs. 37,052 crore.

Last year the BMC for the first time in its history, had reduced annual budget estimates by nearly a third, The Indian Express had reported.

Updated Date: Feb 02, 2018 16:18 PM

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