BMC budget 2019: Healthy Mumbaikar on BMC’s agenda  

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) announced its annual budget for the city today. The civic budget for the first time crossed Rs 30,000 crore mark. The overall budget for the city this year amounted to Rs 30,692 crore rupees

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After the Union Budget, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) presented its budget for financial year 2019-20. BMC commissioner Ajoy Mehta presents civic budget for Mumbai. This is the fourth budget which was presented by Ajoy Mehta during his current tenure.

Keeping health as an important priority in its budget the BMC has allocated Rs 4151.14 crore has been proposed for new hospitals and upgradation of equipments.

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Highlights of the Health Budget 2019-20

  • Health Budget for the year 2019-20 increased by 15%
  • Health Budget has been increased to Rs 4,151 crores, from Rs 3,600 crores
  • Provision for major hospitals Rs 260.51 crore
  • Rs 155.20 crores for equipment and Rs 75.31 crore for basic infrastructure
  • Rs 249 crores for dispensaries and peripheral hospitals
  • Rs 35 crore provision for the building construction of proposed Hinduhriday Samrat Balasaheb Thackeray Medical College
  • Rs 24 crores for equipment purchase for the suburban hospital
  • Rs 151 crore for repairing of Nair Hospital
  • Rs 25 crores for maintaining cleanliness in the hospital and the premises

While speaking to the press at the post-budget conference, BMC Commissioner Ajoy Mehta said, “This budget primarily focuses on the health of Mumbaikars. This year we have proposed Rs 4,151 crores for the health sector in the city. The health budget has been increased by Rs 400 crores.”

Mehta further said, “As the peripheral hospitals are not fully equipped, the patients have to rush all the way to KEM, Sion and Nair Hospital in their time of need. This puts extra pressure on the major civic-run hospitals in Mumbai. In order to ease the pressure from the major hospitals, we are upgrading the hospitals to super specialty. Considering this we have increased the health budget.”