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AMC to spend Rs 625 cr on healthcare facilities

The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation will promote green and clean energy for which it has proposed an incentive scheme, says the civic body’s Budget for 2022-23.

Municipal commissioner, in his budgetary proposals for the year, has made a provision for tax rebate up to 10% on houses and buildings that have solar rooftops. The AMC also plans to give tax waiver for three years for spaces owned by the public on which electric vehicle charging stations are set up.

Giving details of the Rs 8,111 crore draft budget, Municipal Commissioner Lochan Sehra said that 10% rebate in property tax will be given to individual bungalows, row houses and tenements. For educational institutions, a 3% rebate has been proposed. No new taxes have been proposed in the budget.

The AMC plans to set up 300 charging stations in the city for electric vehicles. Amendments will be made in the GDCR for parking facilities for electric vehicles in residential and commercial units. In addition, property tax waiver will be given to properties and spaces where charging stations are set up.

Most of the old flyover bridges see a repeat mention in the new Budget and the aim appears to be to complete the old projects. The Rs 8,111 crore draft budget is Rs 636 crore more than the previous year. Covid seems to have once again dominated the focus with Rs 160 crore provided for renovation of VS Hospital, Rs 225 crore for LG Hospital, Rs 180 crore for Shardaben Hospital and Rs 60 crore provision for construction of 10 new urban health centres and two CHCs. The total provision for health is Rs 625 crore.

However, most of these announcements have been made in the past. While presenting the draft budget, Commissioner Lochan Sehra said, “Our resolve is to achieve the targets set for the 75th year of India’s freedom. We will achieve 100% Covid vaccination. We will make Ahmedabad the cleanest city in 2023 and have a 100% drainage coverage. We will also give water supply to all citizens. Our objectives are to have a pollution-free city, e-transportation, ease traffic congestion and give primary education to every child in the city.” The Budget also provides for Rs 900 crore for the development of Kharicut Canal and Rs 355.70 crore for new housing. It also provides Rs 150 crore for infrastructure development in the newly included areas of Bopal, Ghuma, Chiloda, Kathwada and other places. A provision for Rs 590.56 crore has been made for building an international level sports complex at Naranpura. Besides, Rs 500 has been provided for zonal capital works.

Currently, work is on at 10 overbridges and underpasses in Ahmedabad. A provision of Rs 60 crore has been made for the Sattadhar crossroad flyover and Rs 165 crore for the Naroda Patiya flyover. However, the Naroda Patiya bridge announcement had also been made earlier. Rs 40 crore has been provided for the Punitnagar railway overbridge while Rs 60 crore has been provided for the Vastrapur railway overbridge and Rs 65 crore for Thaltej Hebatpur railway overbridge.

Provision for three railway overbridges has been made in the draft budget. Besides, a provision for Rs 10.50 crore has been made for fire chowkies at Shahwadi-Vasna, Chandlodiya and Shilaj. Ahmedabad Mirror

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