Belapur: Defending his predecessors who had presented budget of over Rs2,000 crore, municipal commissioner Abasaheb Jarhad said his main emphasis this year was on preparing a "realistic" budget and making equal fund allocations for every project so that work is not derailed for want of funds.
"After going through past 3-years budget I found out that only those works which can be fulfilled should be part of this year's budget. This does not mean that earlier budgets were inflated. Depending on the conditions and funds to be made available by centre and state officials that time had made provisions and that is why the budget figure rose up," said Jarhad while addressing reporters after presentation of the budget.
He added, "Our main emphasis is on making equal allocation of funds for every department so that balanced development takes place. We are also coordinating with Cidco for transfer of plots as these plots become our assets and it increases our credit rating. NMMC has been following up with Cidco for past some months and we have already got 9 plots transferred to us."
Jarhad said, "Works under e-governance will be fast tracked so that people have the convenience of paying their taxes from the comforts of their home. We are also developing a mobile application so that people can pay their taxes using mobile phones."
The commissioner defended decision of the administration to scale down local body tax (LBT) and property tax, saying, "Several industries had started giving hints that they would wind up businesses here and shift out of the jurisdiction of Navi Mumbai. It would have resulted in loss of taxes to civic body. So the decision to reduced LBT was taken and consequently we too have scale down the target for the department. Our main emphasis is on expanding the tax net than increasing taxes."
He said, "Several industries are ready to clear their dues and we hope to get a good recovery. We have also taken up works in MIDC belt and in next two-years the infrastructure development works in this belt will be over."