Karwar CMC presents surplus budget amidst protest

Source: DHNS | By Shahid Mukhtesar | Published on 8th February 2018, 1:53 PM | Coastal News | Don't Miss |

Karwar: Karwar City Muncipal Corporation (CMC) President Ganapathi Naik, on Wednesday, presented a surplus budget of Rs 79.61 lakh for the year 2018-19 amidst commotion. The meeting saw only 11 representatives in attendance.

Karwar CMC, which has 31 members, saw 20 members walking out before the budget presentation over issues that was discussed earlier. This resulted in a lack of quorum.

Though back channel efforts were made to bring all the members back to the meeting hall, the effort, however, failed. Forcing Ganapathi to present his budget in front of only women members of the house.

In his 10 minute budget presentation, he said the budget has been prepared keeping in mind providing better facilities to citizens and for functioning of CMC. The budget is also in tune with the government’s vision.

For 2018-19, the CMC is expected to generate Rs 30.85 crore funds from various sources of revenue, of which under planned and unplanned projects, CMC is expected to spend nearly Rs 30.5 crore.

The budget gives more thrust towards providing basic facilities. Relaying of water pipeline, construction and repair of roads are getting lion share in this year’s budget.

For the welfare of SC/ST the CMC has allotted Rs 77.14 lakh, while construction of drainage and maintaining of the same will get Rs 76 lakh. Maintenance of streetlights will get Rs 72 lakh. Rs 50 lakh has been allotted for construction of fish market and another Rs 50 lakh will be spent on construction of toilets under Swachh Barath Abhiyan.

The CMC has set aside Rs 50 lakh for the Water Board to purchase water, while Rs 44 lakh has been allotted for solid waste management, for development of graveyards and maintenance Rs 30 lakh has been allotted. Rs 35 lakh has been allotted for underground drainage works.

Staff salary

For staff salary, CMC will spend Rs 3.92 crore, while the civic body will pay Rs 3.84 crore as electric bill of the streetlights. Rs 2 crore will be utilised for maintenance of CMC building. For outsourced workers, both pourakarmikas and drivers, the CMC will spend Rs 1.67 crore, over the year.

CMC Commissioner S Yogeshwar, Vice President Lilabai Thanekar and Standing committee president Vital Savanth and others were present.

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