New Delhi: Health and education were the main focus as the North Delhi Municipal Corporation presented its budget on Thursday and announced a plan for a three-fold increase in the number of seats at its medical college.
But the budget did not propose any new taxes and no increase has been planned in existing taxes either.
The Atal Bihari Vajpayee College is the only college under any corporation in Delhi. Named after the former Prime Minister, the college was inaugurated last year and is located in the Bara Hindu Rao hospital campus. It is affiliated to Indraprastha University.
"The college currently has 50 seats and we have planned to expand it to 150. A 200-room multi-storeyed hostel is also proposed on the campus.
"Apart from that, new lecture theatres, nursing units, digital X-ray machines are also on the anvil and measures for improvement in disposal of biomedical waste are also planned," said NDMC Standing Committee Chairman, Mohan Bhardwaj.
The new multi-storeyed surgery blocks coming up at Hindu Rao Hospital will "accelerate the rate of surgeries" at the old hospital, Bhardwaj said.
"Currently, around 15,000 surgeries are conducted annually in 20 operation theatres at the hospital, but patients have to wait for three to four days for the same. The 40 new operation theatres in the proposed blocks will increase the surgery rates to nearly 60,000 a year," he said.
A new 500-bed, 11-storeyed modern block has also been proposed at the Kasturba Hospital, one of the oldest hospitals in the city.
As to education, the budget proposes better infrastructure for municipality-run schools.
There are plans on the anvil to also install CCTV cameras for enhanced security at these schools with an outlay of Rs 300 lakh for the purpose.
"Rs 500 for each primary student is proposed for buying uniform, shoes and socks. Efforts are also on to increase the nursery sum to Rs 500 from the current Rs 310," Bhardwaj said, adding that, "19,350 desks would also be bought".
A 30-storey ayurvedic hospital in Haiderpur is also proposed at a cost of Rs 600 crore.
Dental health, eye care vans and mobile health vans will also be provided at municipal schools under School Health Scheme.