LAHORE The Water and Sanitation Agency has finalised its deficit budget for the fiscal year 2010-11 as its revenue stands at Rs 3.1 billion against the expenditure of Rs 5.842 billion showing a shortfall of Rs 2.742 billion, sources informed TheNation on Monday. WASA has forwarded its proposed budget to the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) for presenting before the Governing Body for final approval in the next meeting. The Governing Body will take up budget of LDA and its allied agencies WASA and Traffic Engineering and Transport Planning Agency (TEPA) in the coming meeting. Major portion of the budget will be consumed in payment of electricity bill, salaries of employees and other non-developmental expenditures. WASA has proposed allocation of Rs 4.342 billion for non-developmental expenditures while an amount of Rs 1.5 billion has been earmarked for carrying out ongoing development projects. No new development scheme will be initiated during the fiscal year 2010-11. According to the officials, considerable increase in the budget deficit of WASA was due to rise in electricity tariff, 50 percent raise in salaries of employees, medical allowance and pension. As many as Rs 1.2 billion will be utilised in payment of salaries to 6000 regular and 1500 workchage employees while outstanding dues of LESCO stands at Rs 1.8 billion. In the last financial year, budget deficit of WASA was around Rs 1.7 billion. According to the officials, increasing liabilities in the wake rise in electricity tariff and recent increase in salaries, medical allowance and pension has further increased WASA budget deficit by Rs 1 billion in the fiscal year 2010-11. Like the previous years, WASA is looking towards the Punjab Government for special grant to make its both ends meet during the fiscal year 2010-11. The development schemes included projects of sewerage and water supply. WASA has proposed allocation of Rs 300 million for revitalisation of Shadipue Drain, Rs 247 million for deposit works and Rs 10.66 million for laying sewerage pipeline in Allama Iqbal Town. Iqtidar Gilani