The cash-strapped municipality hopeful of increasing revenue
“Four parks will be developed in localities including Padikuppam and Mogappair”
CHENNAI: The cash-strapped Ambattur Municipality, whose several projects were hit recently, is confident of improving its revenue collection in the coming financial year.
In its budget for 2009-10, which was presented on Friday and focussed on improving road infrastructure and upgrading facilities in education, it proposed an expenditure of Rs.60 crore and a revenue of Rs.64 crore.
A senior official of the municipality said that the delay in collection of a chunk of property tax due to the revision process of the tax rates had led to the severe financial crisis a few months ago.
The drive to expedite the tax collection since January helped overcome the problem to an extent. Of the total property tax demand of Rs.43 crore, nearly Rs.13 crore had been collected as on date. “We have intensified the drive and expect to increase the revenue in the coming financial year,” the official said.
On the budget proposals, he said Rs.16.50 crore was being allocated for laying new roads and Rs.5 crore for improving the infrastructure of 20 municipal schools.
Four parks would be developed in various localities, including Padikuppam and Mogappair, at the cost of Rs.2 crore with the assistance of Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority. Streetlight facility in several areas would also be improved at the cost of Rs.1.35 crore.
The local body had also listed out the third phase of underground drainage network and the water supply scheme to be implemented by Chennai Metrowater as some of the important works are to be taken up in the coming year.
A helpline — 26253331 — for residents to register their complaints about civic amenities was launched on Friday. The grievances pertaining to health issues could also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.