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BBMP presents budget for 2023-24 with a whopping Rs.11,158 thousand crores

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BBMP presents budget for 2023-24 with a whopping Rs.11,158 thousand crores
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Bengaluru: The BBMP budget for the year 2023-2024 was presented on Thursday, and Special Commissioner of BBMP Finance Department, Jayaram Raipur, presented a budget of Rs.11,158 thousand crores.

Jayaram Raipur presented the current line BBMP budget today in the presence of Chief Commissioner Tushar Giri Nath and Chief Commissioner Tushar Giri Nath presided over by Administrator Rakesh Singh at Sir Puttanna Chetty Purabhavan (Town Hall). In this budget, most of the money has been earmarked for taxes and grants.

Sources of Income:

  1. Revenue from taxes and levies – 4,412 crores (40%)
  2. Non-tax income – 1,331 crore (12%)
  3. Government of India grant – 461 crores (4%)
  4. Government of Karnataka grant – 3,632 crores (33%)
  5. Extraordinary income – 800 crores (8%)
  6. Current Liabilities-Receipts – 520 crores (5%)
    Total – 11,15,845.00 (100%)

Presenting the budget, Jayaram Raipura has allocated Rs 25 crore for street vendors’ zones. And he announced a total of Rs 210 crore for the construction of overbridges and underbridges. Also, he said that this is a self-sustaining budget.

10 new city plazas will be constructed in many residential areas of the city at a cost of Rs 50 crore to enhance the beauty of Bangalore and attract tourists. He said that these plazas will have fountains, play areas, food stalls and free sitting and resting facilities.

There are many slum areas in Bangalore and redevelopment of 8 slum areas will be taken up in the year 2023-24 at a cost of Rs 80 crore. He said that there is a plan to redevelop all the slum areas in Bengaluru step by step and make the city a slum free area.

There are 42 flyovers and 28 underbridges in Bangalore city and 4 more flyovers and 4 underbridges will be added this year and Rs 20 crore has been earmarked for the maintenance of these flyovers and underbridges including pedestrian tunnels. 20 crores has been earmarked for maintenance of arterial and sub-arterial roads and roads constructed under Tender Sure and under Smart City scheme.

250 She-toilets (her place) will be constructed in the year 2023-24 for the convenience of women traveling on the roads of Bangalore. He said that these ‘her places’ will have toilet space, space for changing clothes, space for hand washing facility and mobile jogging facilities.

70 crore for signal free corridor from Tumkur Road to Nayandahalli Junction, IISC at Mattikere turn of Gokula Road. Construction of a flyover at a cost of Rs 40 crore using the land provided, construction of a flyover at a cost of Rs 65 crore on Jayamahal Road above the Mekhivrat underpass, 48 night shelters for refugees are already being run by the corporation, and a total of 84 night shelters are to be maintained as per the order of the Supreme Court, additional funds of Rs 3 crore have been released in the 2023-24 budget. is being done.

10,000 laptops are being distributed to poor students of all categories in the year 2022-23. Rs.25 crore has been provided for distribution of laptops in 2023-24 as well. In 2022-23, 8091 sewing machines of good brand are being distributed to selected beneficiaries. 9 crores have been provided for the same project in the year 2023-24.

In the year 2022-23 all the old welfare programs of the Corporation have been taken up again. For the construction of 1500 single houses in this year 2022-23, about Rs 5 lakh each has been given to people of different categories. In the year 2023-24, Rs 100 crore has been earmarked for the implementation of the 2000 single house construction project.

In the year 2022-23, in Amrita Nagarothana Yojana, Rs 160 crore will be spent on building renovation of corporation schools, and Rs 300 crore will be spent on reconstruction of excavated roads. Nigadi, construction of elevated rotary flyover at a cost of Rs 345 crore, Rs 150 crore reserve for development of 75 junctions, Rs 300 crore for reconstruction of excavated roads. Nigadi said that white topping of 150 km road will be done at a cost of 1,410 crores.

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Karnataka Cricketer Hoysala Dies at 34 from Cardiac Arrest

The Aegis South Zone tournament in Bengaluru was struck by tragedy as Karnataka cricketer Hoysala K, aged 34, succumbed to a sudden cardiac arrest.

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The Aegis South Zone tournament in Bengaluru was struck by tragedy as Karnataka cricketer Hoysala K, aged 34, succumbed to a sudden cardiac arrest. The competition, brimming with excitement between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, took a solemn turn with the unexpected loss of this talented player.

After the intense match against Tamil Nadu, Hoysala joined his teammates for dinner when he suddenly collapsed due to a heart attack. Despite swift medical intervention on-site, including emergency treatment by attending physicians, Hoysala could not be revived. He was swiftly transported to Bowring Hospital, but tragically, doctors pronounced him deceased upon arrival. The news sent shockwaves through the cricketing fraternity, with players, supporters, and officials mourning the untimely departure of this gifted cricketer.

Dinesh Gundu Rao, Karnataka’s Minister of Health & Family Welfare, conveyed his condolences via social media, stating, “Deeply saddened by the unexpected passing of Karnataka’s emerging cricketer, fast bowler K. Hoysala, during the Aegis South Zone Tournament. My heartfelt sympathies are with his family and friends during this difficult time. Instances like these underscore the imperative of health awareness, particularly regarding cardiac health.”

Hoysala K, renowned for his prowess as a fast bowler, had previously showcased his talents with teams like Bellary Tuskers and Shivamogga Lion in the Karnataka Premier League, leaving an indelible mark on the state’s cricketing scene. His sudden departure has left a palpable void within the cricketing community.

In the pivotal match against Tamil Nadu, Hoysala played a pivotal role in Karnataka’s triumph, contributing both with the bat and the ball. His thirteen runs off thirteen balls coupled with the crucial wicket of Tamil Nadu’s opener, P. Parveen Kumar, were instrumental in securing a nail-biting victory for Karnataka. Defending a modest total of 173 runs, Karnataka clinched the win by a mere run, showcasing Hoysala’s invaluable contributions to the team’s success.

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Karnataka Council Passes FAR Amendment Bill

Karnataka Council approves FAR Bill amidst uproar. Premium FAR capped at 0.4%, Transferable Development Rights at 0.6%.

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The Legislative Council approved the bill enabling the sale and purchase of premium Floor Area Ratio (FAR) despite the BJP members staging a walkout during the session on Thursday.

Presented by Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar, who oversees Bengaluru City Development, the Karnataka Town and Country Planning (Amendment) Bill 2024 received passage in the Council after its prior approval in the Assembly. This legislation permits developers to augment building floors by acquiring additional FAR through a fee payment equivalent to 40% of the guidance value, as sanctioned by local planning authorities. Furthermore, the bill sanctions the sale of FAR.

According to Shivakumar, the inclusion of premium FAR provision is anticipated to augment the revenues of local planning authorities, enabling investment in developmental endeavors. The premium FAR allotment is capped at 0.4%, with Transferable Development Rights limited to 0.6%.

The bill mandates that the proceeds from premium FAR fees be allocated towards land acquisition and the enhancement of basic amenities. Presently, FAR determination hinges on factors like road width, zoning regulations, and other pertinent parameters.

Expressing concerns, BJP MLCs cautioned against potential traffic congestion arising from the proliferation of buildings due to additional FAR. They proposed referring the matter to a select House committee for comprehensive deliberation, while some members advocated for an in-depth discussion before tabling the bill.

Shivakumar defended the legislation, asserting its simplification aimed at benefiting all stakeholders and bolstering the revenues of local planning authorities. He underscored that the previous BJP administration under Basavaraj Bommai had intentions to amend this law.

“We’ve introduced certain amendments to the law. Premium FAR has been operational in Mangaluru for some time now, generating approximately Rs 3,000 crore in additional revenue over the past six years. This amendment extends the same benefit to the entire state,” remarked Shivakumar.

However, BJP members opposed the bill and subsequently staged a walkout from the Council.

In addition, the Council ratified the BBMP Property Tax Amendment Bill, which previously received approval in the Assembly.

Shivakumar elucidated that the bill aimed to rectify an oversight from the previous government, which led to substantial penalties on property owners. He highlighted that the 15th Finance Commission stipulated the release of grants contingent upon property tax aligning with the guidance value, necessitating the introduction of this amendment bill.

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Forest personnel in Karnataka search for leopard, find dog

Forest officials in Rajarajeshwari Nagar were on high alert on Monday and Tuesday in response to reports of leopard sightings from concerned residents.

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Forest officials in Rajarajeshwari Nagar were on high alert on Monday and Tuesday in response to reports of leopard sightings from concerned residents. However, their efforts were met with an unexpected discovery. Despite the urgency of the calls, upon investigation, officials determined that the alleged leopard was, in fact, a dog.

Responding to multiple calls from RR Nagar residents who claimed to have seen a leopard in their vicinity on February 11 and later on February 19, forest personnel conducted a thorough search operation. However, their efforts yielded no evidence of a big cat prowling the area.

Even as some residents maintained night vigils in hopes of catching a glimpse of the elusive creature, no leopard was sighted. The situation escalated when residents of a local apartment complex shared CCTV footage capturing an animal moving along the road, albeit unclearly.

With concerns mounting, residents promptly alerted forest authorities, presuming the creature to be a leopard. Forest officials mobilized their resources for a comprehensive search, only to discover that the supposed leopard was, in reality, a domestic dog.

The incident highlights the importance of accurate identification and prompt response in wildlife management, even in urban areas where encounters with wildlife are rare but not unheard of.

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