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AMC chief's bag of dreams: Budget 2013-14

Tuesday, 22 January 2013 - 5:13pm IST | Place: Ahmedabad | Agency: dna

Guruprasad Mohapatra has proposed to hike vehicle tax from 0.25% to 1.25% depending on type and base price of vehicle. The civic body expects to augment its revenue by around Rs18 crore by imposing the hike.

The municipal commissioner of Ahmedabad, Guruprasad Mohapatra, plans to hike lifetime vehicle tax charged at the time of vehicle purchase. He has proposed to hike vehicle tax from 0.25% to 1.25% depending on type and base price of vehicle. The civic body expects to augment its revenue by around Rs18 crore by imposing the hike.

According to Mohapatra, around 600 vehicles are added in the city daily. He said that the only way to discourage sales of vehicles is to make them costlier. Hike in vehicle tax will increase AMC’s income which will be used for public purposes, he added.

The civic body has categorised vehicles in different categories based on their basic (ex-showroom) price and increased tax accordingly. The civic body has increased vehicle tax from 2.50% of basic price of two-wheelers to 2.75%, while the 1% tax on auto rickshaws, loading rickshaws, minibus, trucks and buses has been hiked to 1.25% of basic price. It has not changed vehicle tax to be collected on cars priced below Rs3 lakh.

Currently, AMC used to collect 1% of basic cost of all cars. However, it has proposed to divide cars in various slabs and increase tax from 0.75% to 1.50%. For example, currently AMC collects Rs26,320 as 1% of basic price of Rs26.32 lakh of Mercedes C200, which will be Rs65,800 from April 1 provided the AMC’s board passes the proposal

Solar electricity
To reduce the electricity cost, the civic body since last year’s budget has focused on non conventional source of energy. After installing solar panels at five of AMC buildings, this Budget focuses on allotting funds for installing solar panels in another five buildings. They are Kotarpur pumping station plant, Tagore memorial hall- Paldi, Town hall- Ellisbridge, Zonal office of New west zone and Sanskar Kendra in Paldi. For this, the commissioner has proposed to allot Rs67 lakhs, which will help in saving 70% of electricity cost of AMC.

SRFDCL Bhavan & AJL Bhavan
The facilitate the administrative work of Sabarmati riverfront and Ahmedabad Janmarg Limited (AJL), the commissioner has proposed to construct new building in Paldi. For this, a budget of Rs1 crore has been allotted in the Budget of 2013-14.  Presently, the office of Sabarmati riverfront and AJL is at zonal office of Usmanpura.

Development of ponds
To develop the lakes of the city which are presently neglected and encroached, the commissioner has proposed to develop the lakes at a cost of Rs11.15 crore. The development work includes constructing compound wall/fencing, construction jogging track or walkway around the lake and provide lighting in and around the lake with a garden.

New Bridges
To reduce the traffic congestion on the roads, the civic body will construct six new flyovers on priority as suggested by Central Road Research Institute (CRRI). During the financial year 2013-14, the commissioner has proposed to allot Rs65 crore. In the first phase, flyovers at Helmet circle, Anjali cross road, Dinesh chambers, Hatkeshwar, Income tax and Shyamal cross road.

Amusement parks@Kankaria
The commissioner has proposed to construct two amusement parks in Kankaria on public private partnership (PPP) mode. The proposed amusement parks promises to be of international standards, which will be constructed at a cost of Rs62 crore.

Segregation of waste
For effective segregation of waste, the commissioner has proposed to rope in ragpickers of the city. The civic body promises to strengthen the waste collection method and to have a proper waste segregation system. The civic body, in the financial year 2013-14,  will begin with its pilot project in two areas of New west zone -Ghatlodia and Vejalpur. Not only the rag pickers will help in segregation of waste, but the wet waste will be sent to processing units.

Model road & RCC roads
Under phase 2 of Model roads, the municipal commissioner has proposed construction of 19 stretches of the road at a cost of Rs161 crore. Moreover, with a view to decrease the repair and maintenance cost and to increase the life of the roads, the commissioner, for the first time, has proposed to construct RCC roads at a cost of Rs50 crore. Under the first phase, 20 kms will be taken wherein roads measuring more than 24 mtr will be made RCC.

Industrial borwell to stop
In this year’s budget, the municipal commissioner has also focused on preserving underground water. The civic body promises to provide Corporation water to the industrial areas of the city, which presently utilize bor-well water. For this, AMC aims at increasing the capacity of its Kotarpur and Raska water treatment plant. Also, for industrial purpose, the civic body will provide treated water of industrial grade from its Sewage treatment plants. Presently, the industrial areas like Vatva, Naroda and Odhav have 1,800, 1,300 and 400 units respectively which continuously use bor-well water for drinking and industrial purpose.

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