The AMC standing committee has passed a resolution, asking government to allow councillors to allocate their funds to develop private societies.
If this is approved, societies will have to bear only 10% of the expenses. Till now, residents used to shell out 20% of the cost.
So far, councillors grants were not included in the Swarnim Jayanti Chief Minister Shaheri Vikas Yojna for infrastructure development works.
Standing committee chairman Hitesh Barot said, “This yojna enabled societies to get cemented roads, drainage or stormwater lines, paver blocks and other infrastructure. Till now, government bore 70% of the project cost while societies bore 20% and MLAs bore 10%.”
He added, “As per the new proposal, the government will continue to bear 70% expenses. However, societies will have to fork over only 10% as 10% of the funds will come from the AMC budget and the remaining 10% will be paid from the MLA or councillor’s grant. This way, we will be able to cover more societies.”
So far, over 900 societies have benefited from the scheme and over 200-odd societies are waiting for approval.