In a bid to boost revenue of civic bodies in the state, the Manohar Lal Khattar Government in Haryana has decided to chalk out a comprehensive plan of revenue generating projects for municipalities.
For this, the State Government will rope in a consultancy firm which will prepare an integrated plan for utilization of all vacant lands in municipal councils and municipal committees.
The municipalities have been under focus of the State Government during the COVID-19 crisis as they are struggling to increase revenues while facing budget shortfalls. There are 11 municipal corporations, 19 municipal councils and 58 municipal committees in Haryana, as on January 2021.
The State Government has constituted a high-level committee under Additional Director (Admn) Urban Local Bodies, Haryana to finalize the process for hiring a consulting firm by the end of this month.
“In a bid to identify the relevant revenue streams for municipalities and prepare a detailed project in this regard, the State Government has decided to hire a consultancy firm,” said a senior officer of Haryana Government while talking to The Pioneer.
The officer said that the consultancy firm would be entrusted with the task to prepare a database of all vacant lands of municipal councils and municipal committees in Haryana, providing suggestions for income generating projects on these vacant municipal lands in order to boost the revenue of the civic bodies. They would also prepare proposal documents for commercially viable projects to be set up on vacant municipal lands in the state, he said.
“The government is exploring various options in terms of revenue generating projects like housing, PPP (public-private partnership) infrastructure or tourism projects among others,” the officers said.
Apart from State Government’s funding, the primary revenue sources for municipalities are service fees, fines, taxes, and assets such as buildings and properties.
“The State Government aims at improved governance and faster delivery of services of civic bodies besides augmenting the revenue generation,” the officer added.
Earlier in June this year, the State Government had released a policy, under which people, who have shops or houses on lease or rent from the municipalities for over 20 years, can become owners of the property by paying a price below the collector rate. The move was aimed at earning revenue for the municipalities and also, providing a relief to long-term tenants of residential properties and retail stores on municipal land in Haryana.