The Municipal Corporation of Delhi is “exploring options” to have the remainder of the civic budget cleared by March 31, official sources said on Friday.
As required by norms, the civic budget is to be cleared by March 31.
Another source said the MCD (Municipal Corporation of Delhi) has also written to the Delhi government for permission to call a special session for the purpose before March end.
“There isn’t much clarity now but the MCD is exploring options to have the remainder of the civic budget cleared by March 31,” a source in the civic body said.
If the entire budget doesn’t get passed by March 31, things may “get into a limbo”, he said.
The allocations made to various departments in a civic budget is key to proper civic functioning.
“As the Standing Committee, which deliberates on the budget first, is yet to be elected, other options are being explored,” a source said.
The MCD passed the “schedule of taxes” in the civic budget for 2023-24 on February 15.
It was then passed by the special officer of the MCD, whose office has ceased to exist after election of the Delhi mayor.
The taxes, rates and cesses to be levied in 2023-24 will remain the same that are prevalent as on today, the MCD had said in a statement on February 15.
The municipal commissioner had presented the MCD budget in December and included the Revised Estimate for 2022-23 and the Budget Estimate for 2023-24, an official source had said.