DBKL 2010 Budget to focus on safety, convenience

KUALA LUMPUR: The Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL)’s 2010 Budget totalling RM2.120 billion is expected to focus on conve­nience and safety for city folk especially in the pro­vision of various facilities and infrastructure for them.Mayor Datuk Ahmad Fuad Ismail in presenting the budget at the DBKL building here yesterday, said RM1.102 billion of the budget will go for adminis­tration expenses and RM1.017 billion towards development purposes.

Under administration, DBKL has allocated RM236.64 million or a one percentage increase from 2009 for town council ser­vices, RM31 million for public health control and RM44.7 million for the maintenance of parks and recreational centres.

“These include three main parks and 15 public parks as well maintenance of 347 free areas and children’s playparks, maintenance of trees, fertilisation, horti­culture and the planting of trees and landscaping,” Ahmad Fuad said.

Another RM22.53 million has been allocated for the maintenance of buildings like community and multipurpose halls, stadium and sports complex, hawker centres and markets while RM76.85 million will go towards the maintenance of traffic lights, street lights, roads and RM24.8 million for the maintenance of flats.

As for the RM1.017 billion development budget, it will cater for 11 Parliamentary areas where 131 projects are being implemented, 56 projects already in their final payments, 23 projects involving payment for consultants, and 62 new projects. —Bernama

Also under the development allocation, RM31.62 million has been set aside for public facilities such as mosques and halls, RM46.65 million for the building of commercial centres, markets and stalls while RM5.39 million will go for sports facilities and RM42.53 million for convenient transportation and RM62.63 million for land acquisition and for the provision of wireless internet facility in the city.

Another RM333.84 million has been allocated for the construction, maintenance and upgrading of main roads and roads while RM103.6 million will be for flood mitigation projects.

Currently, under the roads and flood mitigation plan, seven projects are already being carried out by City Hall involving RM111.8 million while another RM71.34 million will be spent next year.

As for housing projects, RM239.37 million has been set aside for the implementation of 48 public housing projects encompassing facilities for disabled people.

Another RM9.45 million has been allocated to improve car parking systems.

He said DBKL will also enhance safety features for road users by increasing the number of closed circuit television (CCTV) units in the city to 300.

Meanwhile, he said that while assessment tax was the main source of revenue for City Hall, there will be no increase in the rates for next year.— BERNAMA

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