Despite being aware of the futility of the exercise, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) is going ahead with the budget proposals for year 2012-2013 starting January 5.
In April, when the budget is likely to be implemented, the MCD will be split and three separate budgets will have to
be made again for three separate corporations, making the present budget redundant.
Standing committee chairman Yogender Chandolia said that coming up with a budget in January is mandatory and so the committee members cannot shake off the responsibility. Chandolia, however, said that the future corporations can split the budget heads and work accordingly.
"I have discussed the issue with the commissioner who had also presented his budget in December. While we know this budget will not be of much use, we will still suggest ways in which future corporations can incorporate the budget we bring up," added Chandolia.
The future corporations will, however, be under no compulsion to follow the standing committee budget that will be finalized on January 20.
In the last budget, the standing committee had come up with a Rs. 7,000-crore budget and this year the budget is expected to go up further. No hikes in taxes are expected in the budget as opposed to the commissioner's budget in which hikes were suggested in all areas such as property tax, parking charge and street charge.
In December, municipal commissioner KS Mehra presented his budget 2012-2013 in which he introduced congestion and (sanitation) taxes.