Staff Reporter

An expenditure of Rs.227.92 crore proposed

Kozhikode: Deputy Mayor P.T. Abdul Latheef on Saturday presented the Corporation budget for 2009-2010, proposing revenue of Rs.236.42 crore and expenditure of Rs.227.92 crore.

The budget, passed unanimously, expects a surplus of Rs.8.49 crore.

He also presented a revised budget of Rs.109.28 crore for 2008-2009 leaving an opening balance of Rs.9.09 crore for this year’s budget.

In view of the Election Commission’s model code of conduct for elections, the budget did not have any new proposals or promises.

Revenue income

The budget expected a revenue income of Rs.75.7 crore and a capital income of Rs.152.25 crore while the proposed revenue expenditure and capital expenditure is Rs. 63.55 crore and Rs. 164.37 crore respectively.

An expenditure of Rs.17.16 crore is expected for the maintenance of roads and a sum of Rs.16.3 crore for various annual projects of the People’s Plan campaign.

The expected expenditure for different projects under the Kerala Sustainable Urban Development Project (KSUDP) in the Corporation limits is Rs.58 crore while Rs.40 crore is expected for various projects under the Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme for Small and Medium Towns (UIDSSMT). A sum of Rs.5.5 crore is the expected expenditure to floodlight the Corporation Stadium.

The council session began with an introductory speech of the budget by Mayor M. Bhaskaran. He observed that, utilising the Sustainable Urban Development Project (SUDP) fund, the Corporation was making commendable advancements in infrastructure development.

“I am happy that the council is single-minded when it comes to the development needs of the city beyond all party politics,” he said.

As many as 19 councillors, including those from the Opposition, actively participated in the discussions. Councillors, including leader of the Opposition P. Mamukkoya Haji and Sakariya P. Husain, criticised the “inefficiency” of the Corporation in carrying out some of the last year’s “promised” projects including the Town Hall renovation, Art Gallery complex and the Anakkulam Cultural Centre on time.

In reply to the allegations, Mr. Latheef said that the Corporation had already invited tenders for all those projects.