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n The AMC budget has a proposal to develop J P Chowk area as the "city square" at a cost of Rs 2 crore. State BJP headquarters falls in the area.
n Beautification projects in areas like the road from Cama Motors to Gujarat Samachar office and from Lucky Restaurant to Parsi buildings.
n Six new bridges at Helmet Junction, Hatkeshwar Circle, Shyamal Char Rasta, Anjali Char Rasta, Income Tax Circle, near Dinesh Chamber.
n Five new flyovers on 200-feet wide Ring Road on cross roads.
n Gota-Godhavi canal development on lines of Kharicut canal.
n Creating pay-and-park facilities on traffic triangles and open plots.
n New community centres and halls with kitchen facility to meet requirement for social occasions.
n APMC-like markets in east and new west zone areas.
n Widening of level crossings at Cadila, Sardar Gram, Paldi and Naranpura.
n Upgrading of water bodies in new west zone and east zone areas.
n Increasing subsidy to scheme under dust-free city campaign from 60:40 ratio to 80:20 ratio for all private societies, private roads, housing colonies and flats.
n Setting up mini power plants after approval from the standing committee on municipal sites.
n Nagar Darshan Yatra for senior citizens.
n New centre at V S Hospital for stem cell therapy.
n A state-level Woman Expo 2013 at Sabarmati riverfront.
n Development of main roads connecting Sardar Patel Ring Road.
Civic budget anti-people: Opposition
The Opposition Congress has termed the municipal budget for 2013-14 as "anti-people, ridiculous and unrealistic". Opposition Leader Badruddin Shaikh said the ruling had party failed to come up with any concrete proposals for augmenting public facilities He said the actual income from property tax in 2012-13 was Rs 416.57 crore, which was short of the estimated revenue, besides a shortfall of Rs 82.37 crore in state grant in lieu of octroi.