Analysis of PMC's Budget 2011-12

A city’s budget provides a good insight into the priorities and plans of the city administration, and therefore can be used to understand the city’s sectoral priorities as well as whether the proposed expenditures are in sync with the goals, policies and plans of the city. Therefore, it is also important that the budget should be easily accessible and understandable to a common citizen as this will increase accountability and transparency of the city administration. Ideally, citizens should be able to access and understand not only the budget but only the actual expenditure on different sectors and the resultant outcomes in those sectors. However, to the best of our knowledge, such information is currently not provided by any city in the country including Pune.

Parisar has analyzed the budget of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) for the year 2011-12 for the following: the budgetary trends over the last few years, the sectoral priorities of PMC,general accounting practices of PMC and the ease of understanding the budget by common citizens by a method developed by Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability (CBGA).

Analysis of the proposed metro rail system in Pune

Parisar has recently completed two detailed studies on the metro rail proposal for Pune. The first was a preliminary analysis of whether Pune needs a metro rail system and the second analyzed in detail the decision making processes in approving Pune's metro rail proposal as well as the detailed project report (DPR) of the metro rail proposal.

Nowhere to Walk

Parisar did a walkability study of Pune to evaluate how friendly the city is towards pedestrians. This study was done on behalf of Clean Air Initiative - Asia (CAI) as part of their Asia-wide study of pedestrian infrastructure. The study was based on a toolkit developed by CAI. Not surprisingly, the results of the study show that there is a significant room for improvement in Pune's pedestrian facilities.

Analysis of PMCs implementation of NMT projects in the 09-10 budget

The budget of PMC has been increasing with every passing year, with the transport sector typically getting the highest allocation. However, the allocation for non-motorized transport (NMT) in the transport sector budget is often very small. Only Rs. 54 crores (7%) was allotted to NMT friendly projects out of Rs. 814 crores earmarked for capital expenditure in the transport sector in the 2009-10 budget. Parisar recently finished a study to evaluate how many of these projects were actually completed satisfactorily by PMC.

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