Port Louis: Expenditure Budget of Over Rs 811 Million

8 years, 11 months ago - October 31, 2013
The Municipal Council of Port Louis met Monday. The Lord Mayor Aslam Hossenally focused his intervention on the special session on the budget for the year 2014. He recalled that the newly elected Council has inherited a budget deficit of more than Rs 63 million. Moreover, it was also discussed the renovation of the Theatre of Port Louis, the improvement of the situation of street vendors, among others.

"The 2013 budget was around Rs 698,146,242 for expenses while the expected revenues of Rs 634.46 million, leaving a deficit of Rs 63,686,242. "The Lord Mayor Hossenally Aslam gave in detail the amount of the invoices annexed new areas in Port-Louis straws Sorèze, Montebello and expressed estimated at Rs 21.3 million additional annual recurrent expenditure is

Rs 8,604,300 for the service road, Rs 5.6 million for maintenance, Rs 6.5 million for public lighting and Rs 600,000 for other social facilities. He recalled that a request for additional up to Rs 27 million Grant was made ??to the Ministry of Local Government and to date, only Rs 728,000 were collected for garbage collection with Housings Estates at straws. And emphasize that a sum of Rs 109 million for road works and drains in these regions have not received the approval of the department.

Referring to the thorny issue of hawkers, the Lord Mayor said that this Council was acting under Section 57 of the Local Government Act 2011, concerning the allocation of space in areas identified through the exercise of Expression of Interest and this, according to criteria established by the Ministry of Administration regional. He said that the first year of Expression of Interest was launched by the previous Council and the Council itself had also decided to launch a new Expression of Interest, that to allow these merchants, who n 'have been able to make submissions during the first year to catch up. In the same vein, Hossenally Aslam said after the draw for the October 2, letters were sent to recipients spaces Decaen and Immigration. "The contract for space Decaen Market Fair is scheduled for November 11 and 12 and the Immigration Transportation Centre Market Fair on 13 and 14 November. The two sites will be operational from Monday, November 18 for merchant group "Week 1" and Tuesday, November 19 for Group "Week 2". "The Lord Mayor also said that eligible merchants to a location on one of these sites have been unable to obtain satisfaction following the draw, for lack of space. "The Council has made ??a request to the Ministry of Local Government for the vesting of land identified for the relocation of street vendors. A call was also made ??to the government to consider this request and authorize the installation of light structures on the sites of relocation of street vendors with government funding. "

Flying over the terms of the renovation of the Theatre of Port Louis, the Lord Mayor said it requires more than Rs 328 million. He noted that funding has been sought from the International Association of Francophone Mayors and the application will be endorsed at the meeting of the Bureau of AIMF to November 14. "The question of granting a contribution of € 100 000 for implementation in late 2013 renovation project Theatre of Port Louis has been requested and a subsequent contribution of EUR 200 000 is on the agenda the day of the meeting of the Bureau of AIMF. However, "Aslam Hossenally should clarify that the renovation has been engaged especially regarding fumigation and some of the wood damaged by termites. This work at a cost of Rs 475,000 will be completed by late November.

On another aspect, the Lord Mayor said that for the Programme Based Budget 2014, the Council is left with budgetary expenditure of about Rs 811,554,896 while the expected revenues of around Rs 656 745 407, a deficit budget of Rs 154 809 489 that the Council will approve.

Returning the item Admission Fees provided for in the Local Government Act 2011 Aslam Hossenally indicates that 10% of the cost of entry fees must be paid to the municipality. These costs relate to the entry in parks, gardens, sites, Seaside Resort, hotels, movie theaters, parking, nightclubs, among other rights. He recalled that the records for parking to claim Admission Fees are engaged.

Moreover, with financial constraints and costs, a request was made to the Ministry of Local Government for the reimbursement of increases under the PRB or Rs 43 million for missing the 2013 budget. The Lord Mayor also asked to meet the 2014 budget deficit, which includes increases amounting to Rs 80 million in payments from the PRB in 2014. It also calls for amendments to contracts for Decaen and Immigration Market Fairs are approved.

 

Text by Le Mauricien

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