Rs 3-crore surplus budget for CB Pur CMC

Civic body to focus on recovering dues from departments using its premises

 In the absence of the members of the opposition parties, the ruling Congress members approved the budget.

The opening balance of the budget is Rs 17.68 crore and a revenue of Rs 234 crore is expected in the current financial year. An expenditure of Rs 248 crore is proposed in the Rs 251-crore budget.

Asphaltation of roads, waste disposal and development of wards have been accorded priority in the allocation of funds. Tax dues as also dues to the CMC from the different departments would be recovered, said Lokesh Kumar.

Library renovation

Veteran member S M Rafique said that the district library near the old bus stand should be renovated at a cost of Rs 20 lakh for the benefit of the public, especially students. He said that the CMC should recover dues from KSRTC, the APMC and other departments which are using its premises.

Venting his ire against BSNL, Rafique said that the telecom company digs up roads as per its whims and fancies for laying cables and the CMC was suffering losses as a result of this.

CMC Commissioner K L Basavaraju said: “The traffic police should get the faulty signal light near the Shidlaghatta Circle repaired. There is no provision for the CMC to maintain the lights. It can only get new lights installed.”

‘No development’

Councillor N Balakrishna (Mobile Babu) alleged at the budget meeting that K P Bachegowda, the MLA representing Chikkaballapur constituency, had not taken steps for the development of the city.

Apart from getting a bus shelter constructed at the old bus stand, he has not undertaken any other development project in the urban limits, alleged Balakrishna.

The legislator, who undertakes a number of development projects in other places of the taluk, has not given his attention to the city, said the councillor.

Plastic ban

CMC Commissioner K L Basavaraju said that awareness was being created among the people about the ban on the use of plastic.

Basavaraju said that the ban would be implemented in the city in phases. Already other CMCs had taken steps in this regard and Chikkaballapur would follow suit.

The commissioner said that priority was being given in the city for the efficient disposal of waste. A site had been identified at Gudathimmanahalli village of the taluk for waste disposal, Basavaraju added.

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