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Rs 27000 cr allocated to Mumbai civic body remain unused, residents continue to suffer


Shawan Sen,CNN-IBN
Feb 06, 2013 at 08:50am IST

Mumbai: Year after year residents of Mumbai suffer from bad roads and water cuts - while the assets of the members of the BMC continue to grow. Even much of the Rs 27000 crore allocated for the BMC remain unused.

BMC is the country's largest civic body, riding on a budget of over Rs 27,000 crore for the fiscal year of 2013-2014, a budget which is three times more than Delhi and two times more than that of the Bangalore budget. Not just this, the BMC budget is little less than two-and-a-half times the Goa budget. While the budget allocation has seen an increase each year, unused funds has also treaded the same trajectory.

Since 2007, on an average, each year, the BMC hasn't used funds of over Rs 4,000 crore. The worst has been in 2011-12 when it failed to use almost Rs 6137 crore of its budget allocation. From the last budget, 25 per cent of the funds have gone unused.

No wonder, each monsoon, Mumbai residents have to deal with bad roads, choked drains and water cuts. The BMC says they have several restrictions.

BMC commissioner Sitaram Kunte said, "We have several constraints but we are trying to make Mumbai a prime destination for doing business."

Notwithstanding the poor services, the coffers of standing committee members have increased manifold. Standing committee member Pravin Chheda's assets rose by 346 per cent in the last five years. BJP senior leader Manoj Kotak's assets increased by 120 per cent and Congress corporator from Bandra Asif Zakaria's assets increased by 310 per cent.

The funds in the BMC has never been a problem rather it's the utilisation which has always come under severe scrutiny. Despite budgetary allocation growing at a rapid rate each year, the quality of services is questionable.

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