Chandigarh administration is seeking Rs 246 crore from the Union Government

The Chandigarh administration is seeking an additional budget of Rs 246 crore from the Union government for the 2019-20 financial year.

The Union Territory will put in Rs 125 crore towards the Municipal Corporation, Rs 60 crore towards land acquisition cases and the remaining towards smart city and other projects such as upgradation of transport facilities, educational institutions, health institutions, engineering department, and power purchase.

The administration was allocated Rs 401.63 crore under capital head and Rs 4,753.12 crore – Rs 4,351.49 crore under revenue, against a demand of Rs 5,200 crore for the current fiscal.

The administration suffered a hit when the Centre cut down the capital head by Rs 103.4 crore. The UT was given Rs 401.63 crore under the capital head for 2019-20 as compared to Rs 505.03 crore in the 2018-19 financial year.

Funds under the capital head are allocated for development works, whereas the revenue is to utilised for expenditure of salaries and recurring expenses.

The ministry of finance had allocated a maximum budget of Rs 958.14 crore for energy. The administration had planned to put this amount towards improving the power infrastructure by upgrading 33 KV to 66 KV sub-station, installation of smart power meters and laying of underground cables.

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With Education featuring second on the list with a budget allocation of Rs 809.37 crore, the UT administration has plans to upgrade government schools, especially the ones in villages.

The UT administration had also received Rs 748.84 crore for housing and urban development, and Rs 513.90 crore for development of infrastructure in health sector. The central government had allocated Rs 282.81 crore for upgrading public transportation.

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