A “school of excellence”, a dedicated cycle path from New Moti Bagh to the north and south blocks, buying only electric vehicles for official use, and not imposing any new tax or increasing the property tax for it. Upcoming fiscal year – these are among the plans proposed by the New Delhi City Council (NDMC) in its annual budget for 2022-2023 on Friday.
In the education sector, drawing inspiration from Delhi government initiatives, NDMC has proposed to redevelop its Lodhi Road school into a ‘world-class school of excellence’ under which there will be two schools – Navyug Girls International School and NDMC Boys International School. “Once established, the schools are expected to accommodate over 3,000 students,” NDMC President Dharmendra said.
Other educational initiatives on offer include a nature-based classroom in 10 schools, five cycling clubs, science parks, the introduction of professional courses recognized by the CBSE, and language labs in all of its schools. “NDMC has successfully implemented smart classrooms in all of its schools, grades VI through XII, to provide e-learning solutions. Now it has been decided to extend this facility to the primary section as well. We will provide high bandwidth local area network to all schools for better connectivity, ”he added.
In addition, NDMC’s main goal this year is a pollution-free and environmentally friendly neighborhood. To fight against pollution, the civic agency decided to stop the purchase of gasoline and diesel cars for official use and switch to electric.
To date, the NDMC has installed 60 electric charging stations in its areas and plans to install 100 more in 2022. A fleet of electric scooters should be deployed this year, in addition to smart bikes. Its city bike program is expected to introduce dedicated office worker bike lanes to make it safe and enjoyable to cycle to work.
Other proposals include the development of smart bus shelters in consultation with the Delhi Transport Corporation; no more pink toilets for women and the construction of toilets of the third kind; resurfacing of 20 roads in the New Delhi region.
Among other green measures, the council did not renew its power purchase agreement with thermal power plants after it expired and is entering into new purchase agreements with only renewable energy providers, including hydropower and solar.
All NDMC services are also expected to go digital, with a common payment portal to be implemented this year. So far it has developed 49 citizen-centric online services.
“The NDMC is not proposing any increase in property tax rates for 2022-2023,” Dharmendra said.
The President presented a budget with a moderate surplus of Rs 135.84 crore for the current fiscal year (2021-22) and Rs 178.95 crore for the fiscal year 2022-23. It also shows a moderate increase in both income and expenditure. “The NDMC is confident to end the year with a net surplus, as in previous years. We have decided to provide uninterrupted services to our citizens and to keep New Delhi in a state worthy of the national capital, ”he said.
According to the budget, the revenue from the budget forecast (BE) 2022-23 is Rs 4,381.43 crore, while it was Rs 3,915.79 crore in 2021-22. The total expenditure reserved for the next financial year is maintained at Rs 4,202.48 crore. Last year it was Rs 3,678.45 crore according to the revised estimate.