Mumbai Budget 2021: BMC schools to get rebranded; Dabbawalas to get a Dabbewala Bhavan
Municipal Commissioner IS Chahal presenting the Budget Estimates for the Financial year 2021-22 to Chairman, Standing Committee, Yashwant JadhavImage source: BMC

Mumbai Budget 2021: BMC schools to get rebranded; Dabbawalas to get a Dabbewala Bhavan

BMC Commissioner IS Chahal presented Rs 39,038.83 crore budget for country's richest civic body with an increase of 16.74 per cent over last year's Rs 33,441.02 crore

Mumbai: The BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Wednesday decided to rename all its schools as 'Mumbai Public Schools', while giving a mega-push to infrastructure development, BMC Commissioner IS Chahal said.

Chahal presented Rs 39,038.83 crore budget for country's richest civic body with an increase of 16.74 per cent over last year's Rs 33,441.02 crore budget. Similarly, he said that the budget estimates for the next financial year (2021-22) for revenue income is proposed to be Rs 27,811.57 crore which is Rs 636.73 crore less than the budget estimates of the previous year.

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· BMC will also upgrade its 963 upper primary and 224 secondary schools to bring them on par with the ICSE/CBSE boards.

· The BMC will also start 10 new CBSE schools this year.

· Civic body to spend Rs 18,750 crore for major projects like the Coastal Road Project, Goregaon-Mulund Link Road, a hydro-solar power project at the Balasaheb Thackeray Middle Vaitarna Dam and a desalination plant.

· BMC to construct 12 railway bridges, 6 new bridges and upgrade 5 hospitals.

· The BMC will develop 149 footpaths of 160 km length, 128 traffic islands, 42 out of 344 spaces under flyover and bridges, around 19 km total, upgrade 5 gardens in each ward, aesthetic painting of walls and food hubs at 65 locations having approximate a capacity of 3,331 vendors.

· The BMC will build 108 community toilets, 20,301 public toilets.

· The civic body will build a 'Climate Change Department' to address climate change and pollution issues in the city.

· Mumbai's 5,000 Dabbawalas to get a Dabbewala Bhavan.

· The civic body plans to decongest the Mumbai skyline with a new hoarding policy to regulate or reduce hoardings which deface the city.

(With inputs from IANS)

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