Improved sanitation is a focus area for civic body

The East Delhi Municipal Corporation’s revised budget estimates for 2012-13 have envisaged a Rs.11.16 crore surplus budget with estimated income receipts of Rs.1,533.85 crore and an estimated expenditure of Rs.1,522.69 crore.

The EDMC budget estimate for the next financial year, 2013-14, presented by Commissioner Sajjan Singh Yadav on Thursday have estimated the Corporation’s income receipts at Rs.1,938.52 crore and expenditure of Rs.1,947.69 crore yielding a surplus budget of Rs.1.98 crore.

The EDMC said its first challenge since constitution on May 1 was establishment of its headquarters at Udyog Sadan, Patparganj, and maintaining the continuity of civic services and filling important posts.

Improved sanitation was a focus area for the EDMC which said that while 1,400 metric tonnes of garbage was lifted daily and disposed of at the landfill site, this has now improved to 2,000 metric tones per day.

The EDMC has procured 70 new trucks which are expected to be delivered by the end of the 2012-13 financial year. Seventy new auto-tippers have been hired for replacing buffalo carts to ease removal of garbage from narrow lanes, while 15 new loaders have been ordered to be procured for smoothening the process of garbage lifting.

In addition, 320 new cycle-rickshaws are being procured for collecting garbage from narrower lanes.

A new e-garbage management system using GPS with Radio Frequency Identification Device is being installed in all vehicles engaged in lifting of garbage till disposal at the landfill sites to upload photographs of the trucks after lifting garbage.

The Corporation said 10,300 people were challaned till November 10 and an amount of Rs.1 crore was recovered from them as penalties for waste dumping in public places.

The EDMC has also simplified services like introducing a ‘Tatkaal Yojna’ for Health Trade and General Trade Licences.

The MCD has also conceived a redevelopment project of municipal properties like the New Usmanpur Staff Colony to generate revenue and improve the skyline of the city.

New Usmanpur Staff Colony which is situated in an area of 25 acres would be redeveloped on public-private partnership into a multi-storey group housing complex having the facilities of community hall, recreation centre for senior citizens, commercial complex and ample parking.

Multi-level car parking-cum-commercial projects are being planned through public-private partnership model at 1,950 sq. meters of land at Babarpur, 4,150 sq. meters of land at toll tax office near Apsara border and 800 square metre of land at Anaj Mandi Shahdara. The number of surface parking spaces has been increased from 15 to 50 and a target of 100 spots have been targeted for the next financial year.

Shahdara lake is being redeveloped with the National Environment Research Institute as its consultant. In Mandawali, a strip of land measuring 8 acres being used for garbage disposal would be developed as a water body and a park.

Similarly, a land measuring 3.5 acres in Ghazipur prone to encroachments have been secured and is planned to be developed as a water body and a park.

An amusement park would be developed at Tahirpur on land measuring about 28 acres would be developed.

The redevelopment of 131 parks have been executed at a cost of Rs.1.8 crore, the EDMC said.