All you need to know about Bengaluru Budget 2017-18
The call for a new Act for Bengaluru comes at a time when the state assembly polls are a year away, and the Siddaramaiah's govt has received much flak for not doing enough for Bengaluru.
The call for a new Act for Bengaluru comes at a time when the state assembly polls are a year away, and the Siddaramaiah-led Congress government has received much flak for not doing enough for Bengaluru. The city civic corporation is currently governed by the Karnataka Municipal Corporations Act, but “it is of paramount importance for Bengaluru to have a specific Act,” BBMP taxation and finance standing committee chairperson MK Gunashekar said in his budget speech on Saturday.
The budget paid attention to the lack of parking spaces, which in turn, has contributed to the city's congestion. “Hi-tech parking facilities will be taken up under public-private partnership. Private owners willing to construct them will be considered for tax rebates,” Gunashekar announced.
A major amendment to the city’s building bye-laws was unveiled. To tackle violations, building plan approvals are to be linked to the issuance of occupancy certificates. Owners of all G+4 buildings (ground floor + four floors) will be required to register the ground floor in the BBMP’s name. The ownership of the ground floor will be returned and an occupancy certificate issued only if the building is constructed as per the approved plans. In case of violations, the civic body is to take over the building. The amendment will, however, need the State government's approval.
Keeping in tune with the State budget's stress on greenery, the BBMP budget too paid unprecedented attention to it. A total of Rs 184 crore has been earmarked for horticulture and urban forestry. Rainwater harvesting programmes under PPP model, development of 210 parks in the outer zones, planting of 10 lakh saplings, unique numbers for trees and introduction of tree wardens are mentioned.
Lake development has an outlay of Rs 89 crore.
On the infrastructure front, the civic body copy-pasted what CM Siddaramaiah spelt out in the State budget: TenderSURE roads, footpath development, grade separators, skywalks and Namma Canteens.
Nearly half of the Rs 9,241 crore outlay depends on government grants worth Rs 4,249 crore.
Last year, the BBMP's budgeted outlay was Rs 8,994 crore. This has been revised to Rs 6,819 crore, a 31% decrease.
* Creation of a cell to facilitate corporate houses to spend CSR funds through BBMP.
* e-Khata system to help citizens submit documents and get khatas online.
* Unique digital identification numbers for all properties under the municipal limits.
* A comprehensive advertisement policy to control unauthorized hoardings.
* Unauthorized road cutting: Penalty of Rs 10 lakh on residents, Rs 25 lakh on commercial establishments.
* Internship for law students in the BBMP Legal Cell.
* Affordable generic medicines in BBMP health centres.
* Super Specialty Hospitals at Shivajinagar, Sarvagna Nagar and BTM Layout. Multi-specialty Hospital at Jayanagar.
* Rs 100 crore Namma Swantha Mane scheme to construct individual houses for SCs and STs.
* Rs 20 lakh special women welfare grant for wards represented by women.
* Outlay of Rs 751 crore for garbage management.
* Outlay of Rs 168 crore to improve and maintain burial grounds and electric crematoriums.
* Drain-related maintenance in 509 flood-prone areas.