Agartala: Agartala Municipal Corporation (AMC) mayor Prafullajit Sinha has proposed an annual budget of Rs 208.5 lakh for 2019-20 year with a bearable deficit of Rs 99.31 lakh. The budget would be passed on June 29, he added.
Speaking to media persons after placing the annual budget for 2019-20 financial year at AMC, Sinha said that the deficit is proposed to be covered through increased coverage and arrears of property tax and trade licences. There are 1.25 lakh households but only 91,000 households are registered under the municipal corporation. Taxes are being paid by only 60,000 households, he said.
It is proposed that the estimated total capital expenditure would be Rs 153.96 crore in 2019-20. The major capital expenditure includes implementation of projects like drinking water, sewerage, drainage, construction of market stalls, development of water bodies, market development, housing for urban poor and solid waste management, etc.
With a view to keep financial controls, budgetary allocations, monitoring and preventing diversion of funds, the revenue receipts, expenditure and capital receipts and expenditure for the year 2019-20 have been divided into five major funds which are — Rs 4,783.96 lakh in administrative fund, Rs 10,784.85 lakh in development works fund, Rs 2,971 lakh in basic services to poor fund, Rs 1,742 lakh in municipal services fund and Rs 524 lakh in solid waste management fund.
Citing some significant aspects of progress in Agartala, Sinha said that a sum of Rs 1,030 lakh would be spent for installation of LED street lights in 53 km in this financial year. An amount of Rs 22.85 crore has been projected in the budget for construction and development works like 16.50 km of roads, 8.50 km of drains and seven culverts.
Meanwhile, Agartala municipal commissioner Sailesh Kumar Yadav said that to deal with the stealing of property tax, GIS mapping through IT system would be installed under the ‘Smart Cities Mission’ in Agartala where entire area along with location, name of owner, floors, usage would be maintained.
Yadav specifically mentioned that hike of tax would not be done, rather number of tax payers would be increased in the corporation area by utilisation of technology. In the last financial year 2018-19, a sum of Rs 6.55 crore was collected as property tax and this year, steps were initiated to collect Rs 10 crore.
The corporation is also collecting garbage separately through women self-help groups (SHGs) from households in 29 wards and the rest would also be collected phase-wise so that the drainage system remains clear for avoiding blockages, he added.
Yadav also said that the AMC also implemented the 7th Pay Commission from the time state government implemented it while the state government is releasing some share of taxes in it. An extra sum of Rs 80-90 lakh would be required from the current pay fund, he added.