More Focus on health, education and e-governance

Belapur: For the first time since 1995, the budget was presented without the elected representatives as the term of corporators ended in May 2020 and the election could not take place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hence, this year, the budget was presented and accepted by Mr. Bangar himself in the capacity of an administrator.

Property tax being the major source of revenue, the civic body has estimated to collect Rs 600 crores during the financial year. The property tax collection severely affected during 2020-21 due to the COVID pandemic. In addition, the civic body estimated to receive Rs 1,401 crores as local body tax of GST from the state government. The civic administration also estimated to get Rs 505 crores from various grants from the state and central government.

During the financial year 2021-22, the civic body is expected to start around 40 MLD tertiary treatment of sewage water which will be supplied in TTC Industrial area and a revenue of around Rs 15 is expected.

In view of COVID-19, the health department has been allocated ₹100 crore more than what was earmarked last year. While ₹166.60 crore was allocated for 2020-21, the figure is ₹276.6 crore for 2021-22. Of the ₹166.60 crore, ₹44.81 crore will be spent on setting up new hospitals.

It has been proposed to increase the bed capacity from 100 to 300 at the civic hospitals in Nerul and Airoli and to use them in full capacity. “Delivery wards, NICU, dental, ENT, and surgeries are being planned to be included in civic hospitals. Our attempt is to make the hospitals accessible for the lower income group so that they would not have to suffer for not being able to get surgeries done,” Mr. Bangar said, adding that a modular operation theatre is also being considered for NMMC-run hospitals.

The NMMC administration has also focused on e-governance. While last year, the money allocated for e-governance was ₹22.65 crore, it is ₹127.15 crore this year. “The idea is to provide hassle-free service to everyone,” Mr. Bangar said

As per Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act, the initial balance of deposit and expenditure is Rs. 2339.62 crore and Rs. 2369.73 crore and Rs. 3081.93 crore for the year 2020-21, as well as Rs. 1627.42 crore with an initial balance of Rs. 4825 crore deposit. The original budget estimates of NMMC for the year 2021-22 with an expenditure of Rs. 4822.30 crore and a balance of Rs. 2.70 crore were approved. Similarly, the budget of Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation Transport Project was also approved.