'BBMP presented imaginary budget', says AAP leader
Prithvi Reddy, AAP Karnataka convener, alleged that BBMP presented a misleading Budget ahead of assembly elections. Calling it an 'imaginary budget', Reddy said the BBMP failed to present the sources of revenue in the budget.
Prithvi Reddy told OneIndia that for the last five years BBMP has been presenting the budget without producing sufficient revenue. Last year, BBMP presented Rs 10,000 Crore Budget with only Rs 7,500 crore in the coffer. Reddy demanded the BBMP to release white paper describing department wise allocation of funds ahead. Also, he asked voters to raise the issue with leaders when they come seeking votes during elections.
"City's forest cover has been reduced to 6 per cent from 14 per cent. There are only 200 lakes left in the city. Lakes are in bad condition due to the negligence of the authorities. Public money being spent on development is not yielding results," said Prithvi Reddy. Also, he urged the BBMP to contain corruption taking place in the name of development.
Tax collection from GIS technology
BBMP is collecting rent only from old buildings, not bothered about new buildings. Besides, officials are not collecting rent, but taking bribes instead. With the help of GIS mapping, they could measure the dimensions of buildings and send tax notice to the owners of buildings.
Revenue from commercial buildings
The government has struck a deal the with real-estate developers, hence, collecting a meagre amount of rent. Garuda Mall is paying only Rs 25 per square feet. However, the government collects not less than Rs 250 from surrounding buildings. The government should stop this illegal practice.
Hoardings: Only Rs 50 Crore being collected instead of Rs 1000 Crore
Hoardings generate 1 per cent revenue for the BBMP. Owing to corruption, BBMP is collecting mere Rs 50 Crore revenue instead of Rs 1000 Crore from hoardings.
Funds are not efficiently used for waste management
BBMP is spending Rs 1,066 Crore on waste management in Bangaluru. Although the city is half of Delhi and Mumbai, double the amount of fund is being spent on waste management. On an average, Rs 40 Crore being spent on each ward. If that is the case, with minimum Rs 5.40 Crore each ward can be developed.