The house of the municipality of Ghaziabad gave its approval to a revised budget, involving an expenditure of ??1,100 crore and income of ??1,211 crore for fiscal year 2021-22, presented at Saturday’s board meeting.
“The budget includes spending for civic infrastructure, water supply, horticulture, cleanliness and other things like health. For the first time on Saturday, we also presented to the Board of Directors our assessment of the first six months of this fiscal year, which we prepared in 45 days. This will solve our goal of Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) compliance as we have issued municipal bonds of ??150 crore, ”said municipal commissioner MS Tanwar.
The House also approved the development of a solid waste treatment plant on 15 acres of land near Dundahera, adjacent to the Delhi-Meerut highway.
“We would like to point out that this will not be a landfill but a waste treatment plant. We will also develop a science landfill, which will help treat solid waste from the Vijay Nagar area as well as part of the Kavi Nagar area. Right now, we have a processing deficit of about 700 metric tonnes of solid waste. The proposed landfill will help reduce this gap by about 500 metric tonnes per day, ”Tanwar said.
It is likely that work on the project will begin within a month while similar decentralized processing plants are operational in Sihani and Ret Mandi (near Nandgram), in addition to a temporary plant at Shakti Khand in Indirapuram.
City officials said the proposal to cede 15,000 square meters of land to the NCR Transport Corporation for the purpose of developing the regional rapid transit system project was opposed by councilors. According to the instructions issued by the state administration, the land is to be leased to the NCRTC at the rate of ??1 per square meter.
“The board said that the lease rent for the land should be decided on the basis of circular rates. We transmit the decision of the House to the state administration. In another decision, we allowed store owners to make their voices heard before imposing the proposed new rental rates for 1,702 stores across the city, ”Tanwar said.
The 1,702 stores across the city have been leased on a rental basis to beneficiaries. The company recently proposed that the tariffs be revised based on the current circular tariffs. Officials say the current store rental rates help the company earn an annual income of ??76 lakh, which will go up to ??10 crore if the proposed rates are applied.
“The rates have not been revised for almost decades and the new rates are substantially high. Before collecting new tariffs, the company should hear the objections of traders, ”said Rajendra Tyagi, city councilor of Raj Nagar.