The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) budget, in all likelihood, will be approved, albeit with a few changes, on Thursday.
According to sources, the budget will not have any major changes. One thing that is certain is the increase in the grant for wards as requested by a majority of the councillors.
Cutting across party lines, the councillors had urged Mayor S.K. Nataraj to increase the grants that had been proposed to be fixed at Rs. 2 crore for old wards and Rs. 3 crore for new wards.
Sources said that since most councillors urged Mayor to drop the proposal to sell properties belonging to the BBMP, the proposal may be dropped. “We are yet to see if the Rs. 100 crore to be generated from sale of unwanted BBMP properties can be recovered from any other source,” they said.
Suggestions on issuing dog licence and bringing the serviced apartments and paying guest accommodations under the commercial tax bracket would be considered.