DBKL allocates RM2.9b under 2018 budget

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 22 — The Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has allocated RM2.905 billion for its Budget 2018 which includes plans and projects to meet the needs of 1.86 million city dwellers and to realise its world-class city aspiration, by 2020.

Kuala Lumpur mayor Tan Sri Mhd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz said through the budget, themed ‘Development and Wellbeing for City Dwellers’, RM1.759 billion or 60 per cent has been set aside for operating expenditure and RM1.146 billion for development.

The allocation for development is 0.26 per cent or RM3.02 million higher than in the 2017 Budget, which is in line with DBKL’s move to emphasise the continuation of the existing 14 mainstream programmes next year, he said when tabling the DBKL Budget 2018 here today.

The programmes would cover, among others, cleaning the city and greenery; maintaining parks and recreational facilities; roads and drainage; street lights and traffic systems; car parks, bus stops and also footpath; health; enforcement as well as hawkers and petty traders.

Of the total, the allocation for roads and drainage programmes is the highest at RM402.3 million.

Mhd Amin Nordin said there would be an allocation for the construction of the elevated road in Damansara Centre; upgrading of Jalan Semarak (Jalan Sultan Yahya Petra), Jalan Tun Razak, Jalan Ayer Keroh, Jalan Langgak Golf, Kg Pandan roundabout and the drainage and irrigation systems.

He said DBKL had also allocated RM136.7 million to build a multi-storey car park building at 14 Public Housing (PA) projects and the People’s Housing Project (PPR) under it.

He added that RM102.7 million was allocated to repair and upgrade the lifts at PA and PPR.

DBKL also prioritised on Kuala Lumpur’s reforestation mission by allocating RM57.7 million for the redevelopment of Permaisuri Lake Garden; upgrading Botanical Garden; building a public park in Danau Kota and a tree planting programme.

The revenue in 2018 is targeted to increase by 7.7 per cent to RM2.667 billion, he said. — Bernama

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