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RMC announces open theatre, free wi-fi, e-waste management in Raipur

RAIPUR: Presenting a Rs 2,222-crore Raipur municipal corporation budget in local Chhattisgarhi dialect for the first time, mayor Pramod Dubey announced introduction of open theatres in each zone in state capital, disposal plant for bio-medical waste and e-waste management in city.

Open theatre would be utilised for cultural and religious programmes with a seating capacity of about 150-200 people. Without any burden of additional taxes, the mayor tabled the budget on Wednesday at the Municipal corporation head office in White House.

“We aim to replace all street lights with LED lights to save energy and launch an automatic system for switching lights on and off in time. Keeping women safety in mind, RMC will reserve separate parks for women and children and provide a comfortable environment,” Dubey said.

While many announcements resonated previous year’s budget, Dubey announced construction of three roads costing Rs 18 crore to connect Pandri cloth market and Devendra Nagar which would disperse rush of traffic in nearby busy markets.

To promote usage of bags made of cloth and provide employment to underprivileged women, self-help women groups would be encouraged to manufacture and sell those bags.

The multi-level parking at old bus stand at GE Road, which is yet to be completed, would be ready for public this year. Few other patches with traffic congestion will be identified to build parking space under PPP model.

Elaborating on infrastructure, mayor said that Rs 4 crore has been allocated for widening of road on Motibagh Chowk, setting up dividers and advanced drainage system in the area.

Expansion of city bus network and widening of road from Tatyapara Chowk to Sharda Chowk and Amapara to Telghani Naka would help reduce traffic jams on GE Road.

“To prevent spread of water-borne diseases, pipeline in all affected areas will be replaced. This work has already started,” Dubey said. Rs 75.17 crore would be spent on sterilization of dogs, relief from mosquitoes, solid waste management and health services.