The Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) has announced a budget of Rs 2801 crore for the financial year 2023-24. The budget was unanimously passed in a meeting of the Ranchi Municipal Board on Friday, highlighting the RMC’s commitment to improving the city’s infrastructure and services. Let’s take a closer look at some of the key features of the budget.
Improving Urban Transport System with 244 City Buses
To enhance the city’s urban transport system, 244 new city buses will be put on the roads in this financial year. These buses will cover the entire city and facilitate the daily commute for its citizens.
Developing Slum Settlements into Model Colonies
The RMC has allocated Rs 57 crore in the budget to develop slum settlements into model colonies. The funds will be used to provide essential facilities like electricity, water, street lights, community halls, public toilets, and other amenities in these localities. This initiative is a step towards providing better living conditions for the people of Ranchi and improving their quality of life.
Constructing Kanji House to Manage Stray Animals
In response to the growing number of stray animals in the city, the RMC has agreed to construct a Kanji House. Deputy Mayor Sanjeev Vijayvargiya stated that the absence of a Kanji House has led to an increase in the number of stray animals in the city, resulting in frequent accidents on the roads. The RMC will also provide funds for the gaushalas (cow shelters) being operated in the city.
Preparing DPR for Road and Drainage Development
Despite being a Smart City, there are still many streets in Ranchi that are not connected to the main road, and many drains that are not connected to other drains. The RMC will prepare a Detailed Project Report (DPR) for such roads and drains and demand the required amount from the government.
Provisions for Development in the Budget
The budget has made provisions for various developmental projects in the city. These include:
- Ranchi water supply: Rs 241 crore
- Solid waste management: Rs 50 crore
- Purchase of city buses: Rs 4.24 crore
- Sewerage and drainage: Rs 220 crore
Additionally, the budget has allocated Rs 26.68 crore for a wedding zone for urban hawkers, including lighting and a provision for the Prime Minister’s residence.
Target of Rs 284.53 Crore Set from Various Heads
The RMC has set a target of earning Rs 284.53 crore from various sources this year. This includes Rs 108.23 crore from tax, Rs 106.56 crore from corporation property rent/fee and utility tax, Rs 3.06 crore from sale and rent, Rs 50.75 crore from revenue grant and contribution, Rs 4.63 crore as interest from bank and investment, Rs 6.06 crore from government assistance, and Rs 4.63 crore from other items.
The mayor informed that the financial year 2023-24 has a target of receiving a total of Rs 1662.72 crore from the central and state government under various schemes for urban development and spending Rs 1660.21 crore against it.
Councilors Demand Discussion on Water Crisis and Cleanliness
At the beginning of the meeting, councilors demanded a discussion on the water crisis and cleanliness in the city. However, the Mayor rejected their demands, stating that only the budget would be discussed that day. This decision angered the councilors, who were concerned about the worsening water crisis and the lack of cleanliness in the city.