nmmc-budgetThe NMMC Commissioner Bhaskar Wankhede presented a Rs 1835.88 crore budget to NMMC Standing Committee Chairman Anant Sutar. The highlight of the budget is that there is no hike in property tax, water bill rates or town planning development charges. The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation presented a Rs 62 lakh surplus budget of Rs 1835.88-crore, the biggest budget till date, at the NMMC Standing Committee meeting. The budget was presented by NMMC Commissioner Bhaskar Wankhede to NMMC Standing Committee Chairman Anant Sutar. NMMC has proposed to go ahead with the same tax structure for the fiscal 2011-12 as framed for the current financial year 2010-11. Proposing the Rs 1835.88-crore budget during Standing Committee meeting, NMMC Commissioner Bhaskar Wankhede said that there will not be any hike in property tax, water bill rates or town planning development charges, much to the satisfaction of the city residents. To increase its revenue, NMMC plans to garner Rs 370 crore as Cess, Rs 250 crore as property tax, Rs 66 crore as water tax and Rs 108 crore as town planning development charges. NMMC Commissioner Bhasker Wankhede also informed that they have approached financial bodies like JNNURM, MMRDA and Housing and Urban Development Corporation for funds worth Rs 286.8 crore, Rs 258.88 and Rs 1000 crore respectively. He further spoke on the priorities of NMMC in the year 2011-12 which include  Developing proper roads on Thane-Belapur industrial belt  Elevated road from Vashi to Ghansoli  Theme park at footstep of Morbe dam  Solar-demo Park  Erecting a tower which the corporation wants to be an iconic one  Flyovers in parts of the city  Marriage halls, e-libraries, secondary schools  Cricket stadium, auditorium, swimming pool  Ensuring 24X7 water supply,  Embracing use of non-conventional energy  Initiating telemedicine service for civic doctors  Floating 100-bed hospitals in Airoli and Nerul  Developing eight grounds and an Olympic-size swimming pool  Adavali-Bhutavali amusement park  Developing Gawlidev as tourist spot  Homes for adivasis  Scholarship for children of Class VI employees  Jetting machine for cleaning manholes NMMC Commissioner Bhasker wankhede informed that for the first time, NMMC would be introducing a Rs 600 crore project for the TTC -MIDC belt along with the development of integrated nullahs proposed at a cost of Rs 400 crore. While there are no hike in taxes proposed in the budget, there is hike of 2% in liquor and 1% in tobacco products. NMMC is also emphasizing on undertaking projects under Public-Private Partnership to increase its revenue. With the innumerable road work being carried out in the city, NMMC decided not to propose any concretization of roads in the city. Speaking on the proposal to develop a coastal elevated road from Vashi to Ghansoli, NMMC Commissioner Bhasker Wankhede said that it would help in control traffic. Last year, NMMC was able to accomplish only 60% of its targets in the budget. In other words, NMMC was not able to complete the allotted Rs 400 crore worth projects in the last fiscal year. Speaking on this, the commissioner said that they need to learn from their past mistakes. With cameraperson Mahesh Halwai, Monika Bhosale for NMTV News.

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